Council raises the flag for Commonwealth Day

South Holland District Council chairman Coun  Francis Biggadike raises the Commonwealth flag outside the Priory Road offices. ANL-160315-100226001
South Holland District Council chairman Coun Francis Biggadike raises the Commonwealth flag outside the Priory Road offices. ANL-160315-100226001

South Holland District Council proudly joined with other local authorities, community groups and organisations across the world to mark Commonwealth Day yesterday (Monday).

Councillors came together with local dignitaries and war veterans for a special flag raising ceremony outside the council’s offices in Priory Road in Spalding.

Council Chairman Coun Francis Biggadike raised the Commonwealth flag at 10am – the precise time that thousands of others all over the globe were doing the same.

The gathered crowd included members of the Royal British Legion, the Naval Association, the Spalding and District Remembrance Association and Petronella Keeling, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire.

Several South Holland councillors also attended the ceremony, which saw a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation read out as well as a message of good wishes from her Majesty the Queen.

Coun Biggadike said: “It was fantastic to see so many people attend the ceremony which gave everyone a chance to appreciate everything the Commonwealth stands for.

“Publicly signalling the continued influence the Commonwealth plays around the world in the 21st century and the values it represents is an opportunity we are again proud to be part of.”

Over 850 Commonwealth flags were raised throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to mark the event.

The unique initiative, now in its third year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life.

Flag fliers included Heads of State and Prime Ministers, Lord Mayors, school children and students, Girl Guides and Scouts, Sea, Army, and Air Cadets, charities and community groups as well as Commonwealth ex-servicemen and major shipping lines.