Australian joins Commonwealth celebration in Fenland

The Commonwealth flag raising ceremony in Fenland
The Commonwealth flag raising ceremony in Fenland

An Australian visitor joined the Commonwealth Day ceremonies in March last week.

Garry Ewart, from Whittlesea in Australia, was among about 35 people who gathered at Fenland Hall for the raising of the Commonwealth flag. Later he was invited to read a poem at a commemorative act marking the centenary of the First World War.

The ceremony on Monday last week included a greeting from the Queen, read by Freddie Grounds MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire. That was followed by readings of a message from Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth’s secretary general, and the Commonwealth Affirmation.

The affirmation, delivered by council chairman Ken Mayor, said the raising of the flag was “a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish”.

That dedication to common traditions and shared values was echoed in the secretary general’s message, read in tandem by council leader, Cllr John Clark, and Cllr Michelle Tanfield, cabinet member for young people.