Borough to ‘Fly a flag for the Commonwealth’ 

Published Wednesday 25 February 2015 at 11:29

Residents are encouraged to join thousands of others across the country, in flying a flag for the Commonwealth.

On March 9 at 10am, the Commonwealth flag will be raised at an event in front of Blackburn Town Hall, on King William Street.

This event will mark the annual Commonwealth Day, which takes place every year on the second Monday in March.

The Commonweath flag will be raised by the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Cllr Alan Cottam, and the event will be attended by Council staff and elected members, with members of the public urged to take part.

Some local schools will also be taking part, and designing their own flags which the Mayor will be viewing at the conclusion of the event.

‘Fly a flag for the Commonwealth’ is an imaginative way for local communities to become involved with and associate with the Commonwealth.

The inaugural ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ event was held in 2014 where local communities across the United Kingdom and beyond took part in what was the largest co-ordinated raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth.

Blackburn with Darwen Council also marked the occasion in 2014, which was attended by schools, and residents, with children designing their own flags to mark the occasion.

Cllr Alan Cottam, Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council said:

This is a wonderful opportunity for us as a borough to join with others across the Commonwealth, in marking the values of friendship and tolerance which it stands for, by raising this flag on Commonweath Day.

I urge as many as possible to join in this event, alongside those across the country.

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