Guernsey

Rough seas delay raising of Grosse Rocque flag

Flag raising at Grosse Rocque, Cobo
Image caption Mr Selim delivered the blessing in front of about 100 people

Rough seas have delayed the annual tradition of raising a new flag on Grosse Rocque, off Cobo, on Liberation Day.

About 100 people gathered for the blessing of a Guernsey flag by the Rev Claes Selim.

The raising will now take place when conditions are calmer.

The annual flag raising pre-dates World War II but its raising at the end of the occupation meant it took on a deeper significance for islanders.

Before 1939 the Union Flag was raised on the August Bank Holiday to stand in the full brunt of Guernsey's prevailing south-westerly wind.

Banned during the occupation it was restarted in 1945 by Fred Martel and has continued since on 9 May, Liberation Day.

Since 1948 the flag has been blessed in a simple service on the beach and since 1986, when the island got its own flag, the Guernsey flag has flown.

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