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  • Northern Flags Produce Europe's Largest Fabric Banner

    Pioneering print production at Northern Flags ensured fans in Wembley enjoyed a thrilling FA cup final opening ceremony with the inclusion of Europe’s largest fabric banner.

    This year’s FA cup final marked a new era in proceedings in one of sports’ most prestigious cup competitions. The opening ceremony was on a scale unseen before at a European domestic cup final..

    The cornerstone of this ambitious undertaking was the development and production of one of the largest pieces of digital fabric print produced for a major sporting event and the largest fabric banner produced in Europe.

    Relishing the challenge of engineering such an ambitious piece, Northern Flags’ managing director Iain Clasper talked of his pride at taking on the challenge. ‘This 10500Sqm of digital print took all of our combined print production knowledge at the Faber Exposize Group and seeing it all come together on the grandest stage of them all (Wembley) was certainly a proud moment and a highlight of my career in fabric production.

    Commenting on the demands of the project Iain added ‘Having the pool of resources across the groups UK, Dutch and Polish facilities guaranteed that we could deliver not only the pitch cover but the ceremonial and display flags, streamers and large kabuki team banners within a tight turnaround time.

    The scale of the project certainly created interesting challenges.

    Such was the enormity of the opening ceremonies centre piece a literal army of volunteers from her majesty’s armed forces were required to haul over three tons of material over the hallowed turf of Wembley to reveal the2016 FA cup finalists’ club badges.

    With the success of this uniquely challenging print project, the experience gained further cemented Northern Flag’s and the Faber Exposize group’s credentials as leaders in the wide format digital print industry and

    To read more, please click here.

    Call the Quotes team on 0113 205 5180 to order your items today.

    Fabric Banner

    Northern Flags produced Europe's largest fabric banner for the 2016 FA Cup Final.

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  • How to Fly Ensigns and The Union Flag

    Ensigns and Union Flags
    We are regularly asked by customers which ensigns or flags they should be flying and how to fly them, so here is a quick guide to the most common Ensigns and the Union Flag.

    Red Ensign Red Ensign
    The Red Ensign is a red flag with the Union Flag in the top left hand corner (canton) and is used by British merchant navy ships and private craft. The Red Ensign is the correct flag to fly as a courtesy flag by foreign private vessels in UK waters. Merchant ships from British overseas territories and Crown dependencies can fly red ensigns with the badge of their territory.

     

    Blue Ensign

    Blue Ensign
    The Blue Ensign is a dark blue flag with the Union Flag in the top left hand canton is used by masters of vessels who have a warrant issued by the Director of Naval Reserves, and by the members of certain yacht/boating clubs. These warrants are issued to officers in the active or retired lists of the Royal Naval Reserve and the maritime reserve forces of Commonwealth Realms and territories. They must hold the rank of lieutenant RN or above, and other vessels must be manned by at least four other Royal Naval reservists or retirees. Continue Reading

  • How to Take Care of Your Flags

    At Northern Flags we are regularly asked how to maintain flagpoles and flags so that customers can make sure that the flags and poles stay in good condition, no matter what the British weather can throw at us.

    We have put together some some top tips to help you take care of your flags and make sure that they stay looking good.

    * Weather conditions, particularly strong winds, will determine the life of your flags, Therefore it is good practice to lower your flags if there are winds forecasted of 40mph or more.

    * We recommend taking your flags down at night as this can really help preserve the life of the flag, as it will prevent it from becoming worn if the weather changes during the night. However you also need to think about the practicalities of doing this on regular basis. So perhaps keep an eye on the weather and take down your flags if you know there are going to be some changes overnight.

    * It is common for flags to suffer wear over time, but this wear is easily rectified if repaired quickly. The worn area usually starts at the bottom right hand corner of the flag and once spotted the frayed end should be trimmed away and re-hemmed.

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