Smaller Union Jack flown when it’s stormy: Ramsey
LONDONDERRY MLA Pat Ramsey has explained how two sizes of Union Jack are available for hoisting above Parliament Buildings on designated days - a small version when it’s wet and windy and a bigger version when it’s fine.
DUP MLA Gregory Campbell wanted to know whether the same dimensions of Union Flag are flown from the two flagpoles on Parliament Buildings on each of the designated days.
Mr Ramsey explained it depended on the weather and that if it is wet or windy a smaller ‘storm flag’ will be flown.
Speaking on behalf of the Assembly Commission he explained: “When the Union flag is to be flown at Parliament Buildings, a decision is made prior to hoisting the flag, as to which of two sizes of flags is to be used, i.e. a full size flag (dimensions: 12 feet by 6 feet) or a ‘storm’ flag (dimensions: 7.5 feet by 3 .75 feet).
“The decision is subjective and is based upon prevailing weather conditions. In poor weather, as was the case on November 20, 2012, two storm flags are normally flown.
“Health and safety must also be a consideration, as in strong winds or wet weather, a full size flag may break the flagpole and present a risk to persons below.”
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Wednesday 22 May 2013
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