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Special flag-raising ceremony to be held in Grantham on Commonwealth Day.

Flay a Flag for the Commonwealth
Flay a Flag for the Commonwealth

A special ceremony will be held outside the council offices in Grantham next week to mark Commonwealth Day.

A Commonwealth flag will be raised at 10am on Monday, March 9, with the ceremony led by Chairman of South Kesteven District Council Coun Reg Howard.

More than 730 Commonwealth flags will be raised in locations throughout the world on the day. Flags in the UK, overseas territories and Commonwealth countries will be hoisted.

The event is designed to be a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, allowing people to show their appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.

A special message of good wishes from the Queen will be read out to those attending the 730 individual flag-raising events. Then, a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the flag.

In addition, for the first time in maritime history, the 11 ships of P&O and Cunard Line will be raising the Commonwealth flag at various locations as they cruise around the world at the same time on the day.

In Tonga, the Girl Guides Association of the Kingdom of Tonga (GGAKT) will be the first in the world to raise their Commonwealth flag.

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