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Flying the flag for the Commonwealth

A special flag was raised at Fenland Hall today (March 14) as part of a global celebration of Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth flag 2016 logo

It was one of hundreds of ceremonies being staged across the UK and around the world.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation and a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth was read out before the raising of the flag at 10am.

The ceremony was hosted by Fenland District Council's Vice-Chairman, Councillor Kay Mayor. She was joined by Sue Morris, Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, and representatives from the district council and town and parish councils.

The flag was blessed by the Reverend Clifford Stocking, vicar of St John's Church, March.

"Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth", now in its third year, was inaugurated as a way of demonstrating local communities' commitment to the organisation and its values.

This year's event was run in association with The Royal Commonwealth Society. Its theme was "an inclusive Commonwealth".

Cllr Mayor said: "The Commonwealth is a diverse family of nations, which stands for tolerance, understanding, fairness and respect for all people. We are proud to be joining with scores of other local authorities in demonstrating our commitment to those values."

The raising of the flag was followed by a simple ceremony in the Council Chamber to mark the centenary of the First World War.

It featured the lighting and extinguishing of four candles and a two-minute silence. Students from Neale-Wade Academy read out the famous poem "In Flanders Fields" and other war-related material. Members of Royal British Legion also attended.

Commonwealth Flag Raising March 16

Article added March 14, 2016