Commonwealth Day flag-raising event to be held

Daventry District Council Offices
Daventry District Council Offices

A ceremony to celebrate Commonwealth Day will be held at Daventry District Council’s civic offices on Monday, March 9.

The Commonwealth Flag will be raised at 10am, with the ceremony led by the chairman of the council, Councillor Catherine Lomax.

The council will be joining hundreds of organisations across the UK and overseas raising the flag to celebrate the Commonwealth and its values of friendship and cooperation.

Messages from the Queen, the secretary-
general of the Commonwealth, and a specially written Commonwealth affirmation will be read out at ceremonies across the world before flags are raised at 10am. On the day the Girl Guides Association of the Kingdom of Tonga will be the first to raise the flag.

Ceremonies will also take place at more than 730 locations, including on P&O and Cunard Line cruise ships, the Halley VI Research Station in Antarctica, and on top of the UK’s four highest peaks: Scafell Pike in England; Ben Nevis in Scotland; Mount Snowdon in Wales; and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.

Each year Commonwealth Day is given a theme. This year’s theme emphasises the role and contribution of on young people to the societies of Commonwealth nations.

Anyone wishing to attend the flag-raising event should gather at the front of the council’s offices in Lodge Road at 9.50am.