On Monday 10 March 2014, Fareham Borough Council will take part in an historic flag raising event, to mark Commonwealth Day.
500 Commonwealth flags will be raised throughout the British Isles at 10am by local authorities and dignitaries, community groups and charities. Fareham's flag will be raised at the flagpoles in West Street (opposite The Vanguard Pub) by the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford.
Flags will also be raised on the UK's four highest National Peaks - Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Slieve Donard. Abroad, flags will be raised at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as King Edward Point and Bird Island in South Georgia. A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony with a message from the Queen.
The Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Susan Bayford, said: "I'm delighted to be representing Fareham in its participation in this great event. I'd encourage people to come along as we join others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding."
Organiser and Pageantmaster, Bruno Peek, said: "This will be the largest single raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth. The success of this year's event bodes well for 2015 and the future and I am convinced this annual occasion will grow in size and stature over the next few years."
To help raise awareness of the day, an interactive map has been created showing where the individual flag raising events are taking place: www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap
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This and previous media releases can be viewed on the Council's website: www.fareham.gov.uk/pressreleases
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