Flying the flag to show allegiance to Commonwealth

Robert Clark by the Commonweath flag last year ANL-150224-112114001
Robert Clark by the Commonweath flag last year ANL-150224-112114001
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South Holland District Council will join other local authorities, community groups and organisations across the world when it acknowledges Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth day in March.

The unique initiative is set to build on the highly successful inaugural events last year that saw over 650 other Commonwealth flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10am on Monday, March 9.

In South Holland the event will be held outside our offices in Priory Road, Spalding, led by council chairman Coun Robert Clark.

He said: “I am delighted to be raising the flag for a second year to dedicate Commonwealth Day and give our community the 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.”

The events have caught the imagination of thousands of participants around the world, enabling people of all ages in their local communities to become involved and join with others worldwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

In addition, for the first time in maritime history, the 11 ships of P&O and Cunard Line will be raising the Commonwealth flag at various locations as they cruise around the world at the same time on the day.

Over 500 Commonwealth flags will be raised throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in March to mark the event.

For the first time, cadets from the Royal Air Force air cadets will also be participating in the event.

Charity teams from Fields of Life, a Northern Ireland and Uganda based charity, will mark the day by taking flags to the top of the UK’s four highest National Peaks – Scafell Pike, Mount Snowdon, Ben Nevis, and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

In Tonga the Girl Guides Association will be the first in the world to raise their Commonwealth flag.