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Flag raising in Rochdale borough

You can ask us to raise a flag of your choice from one of the flagpoles in the borough.

Locations where you can request to raise a flag in the borough

You can request to raise a flag at any of the following locations.

Rochdale:

Middleton:

Heywood:

Pennines:

Request to raise a flag in the borough

Flag raising requests for Rochdale Town Hall
If you'd like to request a flag to be raised or a flag raising ceremony:

  1. It's FREE to make a request but we need at least 2 weeks' notice.
  2. You can complete the form below and email it to us at townhall.bookings@rochdale.gov.uk to request to raise a flag or request a flag raising ceremony.
  3. Once you've sent the form to us, our chief executive will review your form and make the decision whether or not to approve your request.
  4. We aim to get in touch with you to let you know our decision within 7 working days of receiving your form. If we approve your request, please be prepared to provide your own flag as we can't guarantee we'll have the flag you've requested available.

Request to raise a flag outside Rochdale Town Hall form (327kb pdf)

Flag raising requests for any location in the borough except Rochdale Town Hall
If you'd like to request a flag to be raised:

  1. It's FREE to make a request but we need at least 2 weeks' notice.
  2. Please contact the township office where you'd like to raise a flag using the details on this page to let us know the date you'd like to raise a flag.
  3. If we're unable to raise a flag on your chosen day, we'll let you know what other dates we may have available.
  4. If we're able to raise a flag on your chosen day, we'll ask you to complete the form below. Please email it to us using the details provided on the form.
  5. Once you've sent the form to us, our chief executive will review your form and make the decision whether or not to approve your request.
  6. We aim to get in touch with you to let you know our decision within 7 working days of receiving your form. If we approve your request, please be prepared to provide your own flag as we can't guarantee we'll have the flag you've requested available.
Request to raise a flag in the borough form (149kb pdf)

How and when we'll raise the flag you've requested

We raise flags Monday-Friday before 10am and on the day you've requested. We then take them down before 10am on the next working day.

We'll raise your flag at full mast, except when our England or Union Flag is being flown at half mast.

Requests we will and won't approve

Our chief executive will use the following information when approving flag raising requests.

We're likely to approve requests that:

  • Recognise a national holiday or a country's independence day.
  • Celebrate art, community or cultural events.
  • Aim to raise awareness for charities and other community organisations.
  • Honour organisations, people or countries for a special achievement.

We won't approve requests:

  • On behalf of a political party or political organisation.
  • For a flag which we believe promotes hatred, violence or racism.
  • That will break the law.
  • For a flag that promotes a private, for-profit company.

For more information about the flags we can and can't raise, read our flag raising guidance.

What's a flag raising ceremony?

If you're requesting on behalf of an organisation, you can also request a flag raising ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall. You can't have a flag raising ceremony at any other locations in the borough.

A flag raising ceremony allows you to invite guests to watch and celebrate as the flag of your choice is raised. It's an opportunity to speak about your cause and tell your guests why you're flying the flag and why it's important to your organisation.

Our flag raising ceremonies take place outside Rochdale Town Hall and they usually take around 15 minutes.

If you choose to have a ceremony, the mayor of Rochdale must attend. At all flag raising ceremonies, the mayor must speak first and will open with some words of welcome, followed by a script provided by you or your organisation. The mayor's speech will end with the formal raising of the flag. This can be accompanied by music if you'd like but we're not able to supply any equipment.

Following the raising of the flag, you can choose a maximum of 2 people to speak. Any speeches must follow our official order of priority:

  1. Mayor of Rochdale - find details of the current mayor of Rochdale
  2. Member of Parliament - find names and contact details of your member of parliament
  3. Leader of Rochdale Borough Council - find details of the current leader of the council
  4. Portfolio Holder for Neighbourhoods, Community and Culture - find details of the current portfolio holder
  5. Other councillors - access details of all Rochdale borough councillors
  6. Member of your organisation

You've also got the option to have catering after your ceremony but it must be provided by us. It will be served inside the town hall in our large exchange room.  Our catering service is called Crofters Catering.

If your request for a ceremony is approved, you'll need to invite the mayor yourself using our invitation form.

 

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Contact

01706 924797

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Rochdale Town Hall
The Esplanade
Rochdale OL16 1AB

Guide to accessing Rochdale Town Hall

Town Hall opening times
Monday-Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday and Sunday: Closed

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Contact

​​​​Heywood Towns​hip Office

​01706 922227

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Middleton Township Office

01706 923124

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Pennines Township Office

​01706 924802

Phone: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm.

Rochdale Township Office