ceremony in Burnham will mark Commonwealth Day today
will be marking Commonwealth Day on Monday (9th March) with a
civic flag-raising ceremony.
Mayor is inviting residents and town centre workers to join him
from 9.30am at the town flag pole at the end of the High Street
and Abingdon Street to share in the celebration of the family
of Commonwealth nations around the globe.
The event will start with the arrival of the Mayor and Mayoress
at 9.35am, followed at 9.40am by the Mayors welcoming speech.
At 9.45am there will be a short prayer and blessing, and at 9.50am
the reading of a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth
will take place by students from King Alfred School.
A reading of the Queens message by Cllr Neville Jones will
be made at 9.55am, along with a reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation
by the Mayors Cadet. At 10.00am, the raising of the Commonwealth
flag will proceed, accompanied by the Commonwealth Anthem.
unique initiative enables participants to show appreciation for
the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered
for friendship and co-operation with fellow Commonwealth citizens
around the world," said the Mayor.
will be among 730 locations around the world where individual
flag raising events will be held, joining thousands of other young
people around the Commonwealth to celebrate and the launch of
this years special theme 'a young Commonwealth'.
personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General
of the Commonwealth, and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation,
will be read out at the ceremony.