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Flying the flag for the Commonwealth

A special flag was raised at Fenland Hall yesterday (March 12) as part of a global celebration of Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth flag

It was one of hundreds of 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' ceremonies staged across the UK and around the world.

Welcoming guests to the ceremony, Fenland District Council Chairman, Cllr Mrs Kay Mayor, said: "The Commonwealth is a diverse family of nations, which stands for tolerance, understanding, fairness and respect for all people. We are proud to be joining with other local authorities in demonstrating our commitment to those values."

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation was then presented by His Honour Neil McKittrick, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth was read out by Council Leader, Cllr Chris Seaton, before the raising of the flag.

The flag was blessed by the Reverend Andrew Smith, of St Peter's Church, March, and representatives from the district, town and parish councils were also in attendance.

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its fifth year, aims to catch the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.

This year's theme was "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.

The raising of the flag was followed by a simple ceremony in the Council Chamber to commemorate the Commonwealth's involvement in the First World War.

It featured the lighting and extinguishing of four candles, a two-minute silence and the reading of war poems by Year 13 students Lily Davis and Hannah Whinnett from Neale Wade Academy in March.

Article added: March 13, 2018