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Flying the flag for Commonwealth Day


Chichester District Council is gearing up to take part in the inaugural Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony on Monday 10 March. The event is an opportunity for communities to mark Commonwealth Day and celebrate the shared goals of democracy, development and respect for diversity.

Around 500 flags are expected to be raised across the UK at 10am on Monday 10 March.

Councillor Martyn Bell, Chairman of Chichester District Council, says: "Chichester District Council is delighted to be taking part in this unique and historical event.

"Flying the Commonwealth Flag is an opportunity for people, wherever we may be, to celebrate the Commonwealth. It allows people to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding and to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family of 53 Commonwealth countries."

Cllr Bell will read out the Commonwealth Affirmation just before raising the flag at 10am on Monday 10 March at the district council's East Pallant House offices.

Flags will be taken to the top of the UK's four highest peaks by four charities - Cancer Research UK (Scafell Pike), Help for Heroes (Ben Nevis), Walking with the Wounded (Mount Snowdon) and Fields of Life (Slieve Donard) - and raised at 10am as part of the event.