City flag to be lowered for Lady Thatcher’s funeral

By on 16/04/2013 in Leader, News

Birmingham City Council will fly the Flag of Birmingham at half-mast to mark the funeral of Lady Thatcher, in accordance with national protocol.

'Flying Flags in the United Kingdom - A Guide to Britain's Flag Protocol' is the current, national guidance published jointly by the Flag Institute and the Flags & Heraldry Committee – An All Party Group of the UK Parliament.

The 'British Flag Protocol' states that:

Flags should be flown at half-mast on the following occasions:

e. The funerals of Prime Ministers and ex-Prime Ministers of the United Kingdom, subject to special commands from the Sovereign in each case.

Leader, Sir Albert Bore, said:

“The city council has taken advice and will lower the Flag of Birmingham, which is flown daily over the council house, tomorrow to mark the funeral of Lady Thatcher.

“The 'British Flag Protocol' does not give national guidance for flying flags at
half-mast to mark a death - or announcement of a death – of a Prime Minister or ex-Prime Minister.

“And with no precedent set in Birmingham, flags have only been lowered previously to mark the deaths of Winston Churchill and Clement Atlee in the 1960s as they were connected with Birmingham as Freemen of the City.”

Sir Albert previously, at the time of Lady Thatcher's death, described her as a 'unique figure in British politics' and expressed his sympathies to her family; and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr John Lines, called for a minute's silence at last Tuesday's full council meeting.

The Flag of Birmingham will fly at half-mast all day from the council house, in Victoria Square, tomorrow (Wednesday 17 April 2013).

Notes to editors:

1. The Flag of Birmingham - or city flag – is the most prominent flag and is flown daily from the council house and the town hall buildings.
2. Four other flagpoles, at ground level, in front of the council house, in Victoria Square, carry a Union Flag on either side of the building, an England flag and a Ministry of Defence (combined armed forces) flag.
3. The Union Flag is flown from the council house building to mark Remembrance and royal birthdays.

For further information contact the press office on 0121 303 3287.

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