Half-masting for Manchester

Following the explosion at the Manchester Arena, and the tragic deaths that resulted, it is appropriate that flags should be flown at half-mast on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Further guidance should be issued by HM Government on Tuesday.

In the UK you are free to fly the national flag at half-mast whenever you feel it is appropriate. Any other national flags should be removed, and all other flags in the same set must be at half-mast. If it is not physically possible to fly the flag at half-mast, for example it is on an angled pole projecting from the building, then you can add a black cravat or ribbon to the top of the flag, nearest the flag pole.

Full guidance on flying flags at half-mast can be found in our booklet “Flying Flags in the United Kingdom”, which can be downloaded free-of-charge from this website.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Manchester and the families and friends of those killed and injured in this terrible event.

Graham Bartram
Chief Vexillologist