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Test Valley Borough Council Fly the Flag on Commonwealth Day

 

 Test Valley Borough Council will be flying the Commonwealth Flag at two locations in the borough on Monday, 10 March to commemorate Commonwealth Day.  This is part of the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative which will see 500 Commonwealth flags raised simultaneously throughout the United Kingdom at 10 am.  There will be a short dedication before the raising of the flag at the Guildhall, Andover, led by the Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Janet Whiteley, and a sister ceremony will be carried out at Crosfield Hall, Romsey by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jan Lovell.  For the first time ever local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles are taking part in a unique initiative to express commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.  The Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Janet Whiteley, said: “I am delighted to support such a unique and exciting project, and hope that this marks the beginning of an initiative that will go from strength to strength in future years, and spread across all nations of the Commonwealth.  It signals a spirit of sharing and inclusion which is a message as pertinent today as it was when the Commonwealth was first formed.”  For details of this other flag raising locations around the UK  please visit the Fly a Flag interactive map at www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap   Ends  Notes to Editors:  Commonwealth flags will be flown at many locations of special significance across the United Kingdom, including the four capital cities, Land’s End in Cornwall as the most westerly point in England; St David’s in Pembrokeshire as the westernmost city in Wales; Carlisle in Cumbria as the northernmost city in England; Lowestoft in Suffolk as the easternmost town in England, and Unst in the Shetland Islands as the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland.  Flags will also be raised at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, and at the Halley VI Reseach Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as Kind Edward Point and Bird Island in South Georgia.  Charity teams will mark the day by taking Commonwealth flags to the top of the UK’s four highest peaks, and use the occasion to raise funds for their causes:  •	Cancer Research UK at Scafell Pike, England •	Help for Heroes at Ben Nevis, Scotland •	Walking with the Wounded at Mount Snowdon, Wales •	Fields of Life at Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland  Further information about the Fly a Flag initiative, including details of Local Authorities taking part can be found in the ‘Guide to Taking Part’  at www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.com	  National lead for Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth: Bruno Peek L VO OBE OPR Pageant Master 07737 262 913 pageantmaster@mac.com

Test Valley Borough Council will be flying the Commonwealth Flag at two locations in the borough on Monday, 10 March to commemorate Commonwealth Day.  This is part of the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative which will see 500 Commonwealth flags raised simultaneously throughout the United Kingdom at 10 am.

 

 

There will be a short dedication before the raising of the flag at the Guildhall, Andover, led by the Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Janet Whiteley, and a sister ceremony will be carried out at Crosfield Hall, Romsey by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jan Lovell.

 

 

For the first time ever local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles are taking part in a unique initiative to express commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.

 

 

The Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Janet Whiteley, said: “I am delighted to support such a unique and exciting project, and hope that this marks the beginning of an initiative that will go from strength to strength in future years, and spread across all nations of the Commonwealth.  It signals a spirit of sharing and inclusion which is a message as pertinent today as it was when the Commonwealth was first formed.”

 

 

For details of this other flag raising locations around the UK  please visit the Fly a Flag interactive map at www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap

 

 

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