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Commonwealth Flag to be Flown in Scarborough

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One of more than 850 Commonwealth flags to be raised throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries on Commonwealth Day on Monday 14 March, will be flown in the Borough of Scarborough.

This unique initiative, now in its third year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of people throughout the world. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables those taking part to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens, young and old.

The borough’s flag raising event will take place in the gardens of the Town Hall in Scarborough at 9.45am. Pupils and teachers from Braeburn Community Junior School and Friarage Community Primary School will attend and take part in the event.

An introduction from the Mayor and a special candle ceremony to mark the second year anniversary of WW1 will be followed by the reading of the Commonwealth affirmation by school children. To conclude the event, the Commonwealth flag will be raised by Town Hall Superintendent, Andy Hovington.

Scarborough Borough Council is inviting residents and those visiting the area on the day to come along and share in the Commonwealth Day celebrations.

Cllr Tom Fox, Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough said:
“The Mayoress and I are proud and honoured to take part in this event, one which will allow us to share and celebrate the values of the Commonwealth with our local communities and thousands of others around the world.

“The key Commonwealth values of tolerance, respect, understanding and freedom of expression have also played a huge part in our mayoral theme of ‘Breaking the Cycle’. These values, among others, help to transform the chaotic lives of troubled people, giving them a chance to break the cycle and strive for a better life for themselves and their families.”

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster of Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth said:
"I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries and are delighted to be involving The Royal Commonwealth Society in the project this year. We are only in our third year and the involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth. 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 in this current troubled world of ours.”
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