Public invited to Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony

Northumberland County Council will celebrate Commonwealth Day by participating in the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ event on Monday 12 March 2018.
To commemorate the event, a short flag raising ceremony will take place at County Hall in Morpeth at 10 am and members of the public are invited to attend.
The Commonwealth Flag in Northumberland will be raised alongside 1,000 commonwealth flags across 38 Commonwealth countries.
During the ceremony the council’s civic head,  councillor Anthony Murray will read a  personal message from the Secretary-General of the 
Commonwealth of Nations and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation.
Councillor Anthony Murray, civic head for Northumberland County Council  said: "The ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for the county to connect with our family of nations across the globe  in this collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth and the values it upholds. Members of the public are very welcome to join us to mark this special occasion.”
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said: “Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation. By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all.”
The flag raising ceremony will take place next to the Viking Statue at the entrance to County Hall Loansdean. Please be there for 9.50 am
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