Melton Borough Council

Melton to fly a flag for the Commonwealth

Published Monday, 5th March 2018 fly flag logo

On Monday 12th March Melton Borough council will take part in an historic flag raising event

when more than 950 Commonwealth Flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries.

Starting at 9.50am outside the Council Offices, Parkside the Mayor, Councillor Tejpal Bains, will be hosting at a short ceremony to mark the fourth international Commonwealth Day.  A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out and the Deputy Lieutenant, Brigadier W J Hurrell CBE DL will read a personal message from the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10.00am

The Mayor said:

“I am delighted that Melton Borough is again participating in this shared celebration of this family of nations and territories which represent a third of the world’s population.  The 2018 theme of ‘Towards a Common Future’ is about how the Commonwealth can address global challenges. This is particularly important given that half of the Commonwealth citizens are under 25 years old and this is about their future.

The ceremony will be attended by representatives of local service and community organisations and members of the public are invited to attend the flag raising ceremony.

This year Commonwealth Day precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London when the leaders of 52 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens.  The two events are joined by the same theme ‘Towards a Common Future’ - building upon the 2017 theme of ‘A Peace-Building Commonwealth.’

After the raising of the flag, the Mayor will invite guests into the Civic Chamber to take part in a short commemorative act to remember over 1.1 million Commonwealth servicemen and women who lost their lives in the Great War.  This act involves the lighting of 4 candles, one to represent each year of the War.  The candles will then be extinguished to represent the darkness that fell over Europe at the start of the War and then relit so that in this centenary year of the end of World War 1, a candle for each year of the War will remain alight to symbolically represent how ultimately light won through the darkness.

 

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For more information please contact:

 

Name:  Lena Shuttlewood

Melton Borough Council

Telephone: 01664 502314

Email: lshuttlewood@melton.gov.uk

 

Background information for editors:

http://www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk/