Flying a Flag for the CommonwealthTest Valley Borough Council will be flying flags at four locations in the borough on Monday, 14 March to commemorate Commonwealth Day. The flags will be part of the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative, which will see communities across the United Kingdom and beyond raise the Commonwealth flag simultaneously.

Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, will read a short speech at the Andover Guildhall before the flags are raised at 10am. Deputy Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Karen Hamilton, will carry out the same service at Crosfield Hall, Romsey. Guests will then be invited to enjoy a hot drink after the flags have been raised.

Shortly afterwards, the Council will take part in the World War One Commemorative Act by lighting candles in the parlours at Beech Hurst and Crosfield Hall at 10.25am, ensuring that attendees can attend both consecutive occasions if they wish.

Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, said: “I am delighted to be part of the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth and World War One Commemorative Act initiatives. Both services are very special and symbolise a shared commitment to the Commonwealth, as well as giving us all an opportunity to reflect on past and current global conflicts.”

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