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Commonwealth Day flag raising shows a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth

Dignitaries from across the county attended the Commonwealth Day flag raising ceremony today at Hereford’s Shire Hall.

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its fourth year, is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

The dreary weather did little to dampen the significance of the flag raising ceremony, led by The Dowager Countess of Darnley, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire and Councillor Brian Wilcox, Chairman of Herefordshire Council. The Reverend Lady Lisvane, High Sheriff of Herefordshire also attended to demonstrate the county’s commitment to the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Day flag raising

(l-r) The Dowager Countess of Darnley, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire and Councillor Brian Wilcox, Chairman of Herefordshire Council

A civic service at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 18 March follows today’s Commonwealth commemoration. The service aims to celebrate the vast diversity, strong unity and uplifting values that define the Commonwealth. The main address will be given by the High Commissioner of Barbados, Reverend Guy Hewitt, along with readings from citizens from across the Commonwealth.

Commonwealth Day flag raising

(l-r) Councillor Brian Wilcox, Chairman of the Council, and The Reverend Lady Lisvane, High Sheriff of Herefordshire

 

Councillor Brian Wilcox, Chairman of Herefordshire Council, said:

“I am delighted to be able to add our voices to those of people from the other fifty two nations around the world which embrace the aspirations and ideals that are set out in the Commonwealth Charter. Together, we will work towards a common future which is founded on global sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness for everyone.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the civic service at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 18 March. The event begins at 3.30pm, please be seated by 3.20pm.

Published: Monday, 12th March 2018