Nottinghamshire joins national celebration of the Commonwealth

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Nottinghamshire County Council will join a national day of celebration of the Commonwealth when it joins organisations across the country in a simultaneous raising of the Commonwealth flag.

Flags will be raised at around 500 locations across the country - including County Hall, the headquarters of Nottinghamshire County Council - on Commonwealth Day, Monday 10th March.

Councillor John Allin, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council will read out a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation at the ceremony. Sir John Peace, Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire will read out a personal message from HM The Queen, before the Chairman raises the flag.

The event will be the largest single, simultaneous raising of the Commonwealth flag there has ever been.

Flags will also be flown by Nottingham City Council and by all seven District and Borough Councils in the county.

Coun Allin said: “I am delighted that so many locations across Nottinghamshire are taking up HM The Queen’s invitation and joining the rest of the UK in this national celebration of the Commonwealth.

“Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is an imaginative way in which local communities can join together in a spirit of respect and understanding - the principles which the Commonwealth stands for.”

An interactive map showing where flags will be raised in the UK is available to view at www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/commonwealthflag