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Colchester raises flag to celebrate Commonwealth Day

Date issued: 5 March 2018

Colchester Borough Council is flying the Flag to mark the fourth international Commonwealth Day on Monday, 12 March 2018

Colchester will join Heads of State and Prime Ministers, Lord Mayors and Mayors, students, Girl Guides and Scouts, Sea, Army and Air Cadets, charities and community groups, Commonwealth ex-servicemen, major shipping lines and many others around the world, to raise more than 730 Commonwealth Flags at 10.00am local time.

Colchester's ceremony will see The Mayor, Councillor Gerard Oxford, read out a personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, a message of good wishes from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation.

Along with the Mayoress, Cllr Beverley Oxford,and in front of invited guests gathered on the Town Hall entrance steps, the Mayor will then raise the specially commissioned Flag. The Flag will remain in place for a week.

Mayor Oxford said: "I'm delighted to be participating in this global event marking Colchester's support for the Commonwealth, its communities and the values it upholds. Along with the honour of reading a special message from HM The Queen, it is a great opportunity for Colchester residents to recognise the benefits of friendship and co-operation that the Commonwealth stands for."

Bruno Peek, Pageantmaster for Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth, said: "I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future."

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