Commonwealth flag to fly high in Grantham

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South Kesteven will again join thousands of people across the globe to raise a Commonwealth Flag as part of more than 850 ceremonies celebrating Commonwealth Day 2016.

Flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries at 10am on Monday, March 14.

South Kesteven’s ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ event will be held outside SKDC’s offices in St Peter’s Hill in Grantham, led by Chairman of South Kesteven District Council Councillor Ray Wootten.

A personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation, will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the flag.

In the capital cities of Commonwealth countries ex-services organisations will raise the flag, including in London led by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.

Meanwhile, scouts in The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago will also be raising the Commonwealth Flag at 10am local time.

This unique initiative, now in its third year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth,

As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster, of ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’, said: “I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries and are delighted to be involving The Royal Commonwealth Society in the project this year.

“We are only in our third year and the involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth.”