Fenland District Council joined with local authorities all over the country yesterday (Monday) in staging a short flag-raising ceremony to demonstrate the local community’s commitment to the Commonwealth and its values.
Freddie Grounds MBE, one of Cambridgeshire’s Deputy Lieutenants, read out a message from the Queen sent to all those taking part in the nationwide “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth” initiative.
The Queen’s message read: “I am pleased to learn that so many people will be taking part in the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative on Monday 10 March, which will see a record number of Commonwealth flags being raised on one day. I send my good wishes to all who are taking part.”
Councillor Ken Mayor, FDC’s chairman, then read out the Commonwealth Affirmation.
It stated: “Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth family, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of friendship we cherish, affirming our kinship and common purpose in building for the future towards shared goals of development and democracy, and commit ourselves afresh to working alongside one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, exploring new ideas and rising to fresh challenges, with all our sisters and brothers, wherever we may live, learn or work.”
The Commonwealth flag was then raised outside Fenland Hall in March, to fly alongside the Union flag for the rest of the day.
Councillor Mayor said: “The Commonwealth is a true family of nations and a powerful influence for good in the world. We are proud to share in this unique celebration of all that it stands for.
“It is a concrete way of demonstrating our commitment to upholding the values of tolerance, understanding and respect for all people that are set out in its Charter.”
Similar events were held at the same time by local authorities throughout the United Kingdom.