Many Councils possess flags bearing the coat of arms or other civic device. It is suggested that the Council’s flag should be flown on the day of a meeting of the Council, Mayor’s or Chairman’s Sunday, whenever the Mayor or Chairman holds an official reception and on other occasions according to local custom.
The Council’s flag should also be flown at half mast on the death of the Mayor or Chairman, the High Steward and a Freeman, from the day of the death until sunset on the day of the funeral. It also may be flown at half mast on the death of a serving member of the Council, the Honorary Recorder or an ex-Mayor or Chairman, on the day of the funeral until sunset.
In 2006 the then Mayor, Cllr Stan Rooke, and former Mayor Cllr Lancelot Thwaytes (now deceased) created the design for the Town Council Flag. It was taken from the shield at the centre of the current Coat of Arms i.e a royal blue background with three lions guardant passant, holden golden apples, surrounded by apple tree leaves. The design was converted by three members of the then Appleby Embroiderers Guild, into an embroidered hanging which can be seen in the Council Chamber of the Moot Hall.
The design was then turned into a roped and toggled flag for flying from the flagpole on the Moot Hall. It is the legal banner and house flag of the Council and, as such, can only be flown by Appleby-in-Westmorland Town Council. The flag was first flown in June 2008 and is normally flown on the day of full Council meetings.