FLYING THE FLAG FOR THE COMMONWEALTH

A SPECIAL CEREMONY will mark the second national Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day on Monday 9th March at the Town Hall in Beeston.

Broxtowe Borough Council has organised the ceremony at 10.00am. Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE will be joined by Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Dr Peter Barrett CBE and pupils from Round Hill School to raise the Commonwealth flag and reading out the Commonwealth Affirmation.

The flag will be one of over 650 from local authorities, civic dignitaries, community groups to be raised simultaneously from 38 Commonwealth countries.

The day will be marked nationally by the reading of a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation at the ceremony before the raising of the flag.

For the first time in Maritime history, the 11 Ships of P&O and Cunard Line will also be raising the Commonwealth flag at various locations as they cruise around the world.

Commonwealth Flags will also be flown by Air Cadets in each of the six Regions of the Air Training Corps.

As well as local initiatives, charity teams will mark the day by taking flags to the top of the UK’s highest National Peaks and use the occasion to raise funds for their worthy causes.

Flags will also be flown at significant locations across the country including the UK’s four capital cities.

You can find out more about fly a flag day by visiting the fly a flag website at http://www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk/