In British maritime law and according to custom, an ensign is the identifying flag flown to designate a British ship, either military or civilian. Such flags display the United Kingdom Union flag in the canton (the upper corner next to the staff), with either a red, white or blue field, dependent on whether the vessel is civilian, naval, or in a special category. These are known as the red, white, and blue ensigns, respectively.
Outside the nautical sphere, ensign flags are used to designate many other military units, government departments and administrative divisions. These flags are modelled on the red, white, and blue naval ensigns, but may use different colours for the field, and be defaced by the addition of a badge or symbol, for example the sky blue with concentric red, white and blue circles of the Royal Air Force ensign.
Our sewn ensign flags are manufactured by hand at our warehouse in Witham, Essex. We carry ensign flags in all the main sizes. Our printed flags are of the highest quality and if you can’t find the one that you like in our online shop we can produce your flag requirements to order in no time and send your order directly to you.
Unfortunately, it’s impossible to tell how long any flag will last. There are a lot of factors that decide the life span of a flag such as the material it’s made of, where it’s flown, the weather conditions and how well its looked after. If you make sure your flag is lowered in winds over 25MPH and get it cleaned as often as possible, it will last longer.
Yes, if you’ve looked through the flags on our website and can’t see what you want, then call our team. We can print anything you want onto a flag, so you can have a unique flag of your own design. Contact us on 01376 514372 or email us at Sales@pfandb.co.uk.
Do I need permission to fly and ensign flag?
Ensign flags do not need permission in order to be able to fly them.
Are there rules for flying flags in the UK?
Yes, there are specific rules for flying flags in the United Kingdom. A full set of the protocols can be found here at https://www.flaginstitute.org/wp/british-flags-2/flying-flags-in-the-united-kingdom/british-flag-protocol/
Yes, we do, and we also install and maintain them. The cost of a flag poles tends to be different for each project depending on the size of the pole, its location and the installation or maintenance requirements. Please contact us on 01376 514372 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We can provide a personalised quote on installation of flags and supply and installation of flagpoles or any other requirements you might have.
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