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Fenland to fly the flag for the Commonwealth

A special flag will be raised at Fenland Hall in March next Monday (March 12) as part of a global celebration of Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth flag ceremony

It will be one of hundreds of "Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth" ceremonies being staged across the UK and around the world.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation and a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth will be read out by Fenland District Council Leader, Cllr Chris Seaton, before the raising of the flag at 10am.

The ceremony will be hosted by Council Chairman, Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor, who will be joined by His Honour Neil McKittrick, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, along with representatives from the district council and town and parish councils.

The flag will be blessed by the Reverend Andrew Smith.

"Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth", now in its fifth year, was inaugurated as a way of demonstrating local communities' commitment to the Commonwealth and its shared values.

This year's theme is "Towards a Common Future", which explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness.

Cllr Mayor said: "This is the fifth year that we will be part of this worldwide celebration.  We are proud to be joining scores of other local authorities again in demonstrating our commitment to the values of tolerance, understanding and mutual respect that the Commonwealth represents."

As in previous years, the raising of the flag will be followed by a simple ceremony in the Council Chamber to commemorate the Commonwealth's involvement in the First World War.

It will feature the lighting and extinguishing of four candles and a two-minute silence. Students from Neale-Wade Academy will read out a selection of First World War poems. Members of Royal British Legion will also be attending.

Article added: March 5, 2018