The Mayor of Reigate & Banstead will be ‘flying a flag’ on Commonwealth Day 2016. The local community is invited to attend the event. The day marks the third international commemorative flag raising event for the Commonwealth. Over 850 Commonwealth flags will be raised in 38 Commonwealth countries in a shared celebration of this family of nations.
Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr Mrs Joan Spiers said:
“By flying this flag, we are linking with communities across the globe to reaffirm the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development and respect for diversity. I encourage the local community to come along join us in this mark of solidarity.”
His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said:
“Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.
“We encourage public institutions, schools, civil society organisations and the media in a Commonwealth member states to consider how ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ can be promoted through their activities – including Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth”
The service starts at 9.45am on Monday 14th March 2016 at Reigate Town hall. The Mayor will read the Commonwealth Affirmation, written specifically for the flag raising at each ceremony, and a personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma. The Deputy Mayor, Cllr. David Powell, will then raise the flag on behalf of the Mayor at 10am.