High Sheriff joins Commonwealth flag ceremony
The High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire joined other civic leaders in March today (Monday, March 13) for a Commonwealth Day ceremony and a commemorative act marking the centenary of the First World War.
The event at Fenland Hall, hosted by Fenland District Council chairman Councillor Carol Cox, included the raising of the Commonwealth flag. It was one of hundreds of similar ceremonies staged across the UK and around the world.
The High Sheriff, Sir David Arculus, read out the Commonwealth Affirmation, saying: "We draw inspiration from our diversity and the opportunities for working together as a rich source of wisdom and powerful influence for good in the world."
Fenland District Council leader Councillor John Clark read a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth stressing the strength and hope the organisation's diversity offered at a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world.
The flag was blessed by the Reverend Anthony Chandler.
The guests included representatives from the district, town and parish councils and local branches of the Royal British Legion.
Afterwards they gathered in the Council Chamber for the First World War commemoration. It featured the lighting and extinguishing of four candles representing "the feeling of darkness that came over Europe 100 years ago" and a two-minute silence.
Three students from Neale-Wade Academy - Billy Griffiths, Lucy Rose and Darcy Howe - read some First World War poems.
Another brief Commonwealth Day ceremony was held in Whittlesey and attended by Neil McKittrick, one of the Deputy Lieutenants of Cambridgeshire. It was organised by the town council.
Article added March 13, 2017