Flying the flag for the Commonwealth

17/02/2014 - Every area of Nottinghamshire will join a national celebration of Commonwealth Day next month.

Commonwealth Flag Presentation

In Nottinghamshire, the County Council, Nottingham City Council and all seven District and Borough Councils will join the rest of the country by simultaneously raising the Commonwealth flag at 10am on Commonwealth Day (10 March).

An estimated 500 flags will be raised throughout the UK. A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at every ceremony, prior to the flag being raised.

As well as flying the flag at major public buildings, charity teams representing Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and Fields of Life will mark the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK's four highest peaks to raise funds.

Receiving a flag on behalf of their authority will be:

  • Councillor John Allin, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council
  • Councillor Linford Gibbons, Chairman of Ashfield District Council
  • Councillor Sybil Fielding, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council
  • Councillor Iris White, Mayor of Broxtowe Borough Council
  • Councillor Bob Collis, Mayor of Gedling Borough Council
  • Tony Egginton, Executive Mayor of Mansfield District Council
  • Councillor Dennis Jones, Chairman of Newark and Sherwood District Council
  • Councillor Brian Buschman, Mayor of Rushcliffe Borough Council
  • Councillor Merlita Bryan, Lord Mayor of Nottingham
  • Councillor Ian Malcolm, Sheriff of Nottingham

Councillor John Allin, Chairman of Nottinghamshire County Council, said:

"I am delighted that every area of our county is joining together in this national celebration of the Commonwealth, its values and the opportunities it provides for people around the world.

"With the Commonwealth games being held in Glasgow this year, it's especially fitting that 2014 has been chosen as the innagural year for this event in the UK."

Issued by Nottinghamshire County Council