Melton to raise flag for Commonwealth Day

Former Mayor of Melton Jeanne Douglas raises the Commonwealth Flag in 2016 assisted by ex-Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire David Wyrko QPM DL PHOTO: Tim Williams

Former Mayor of Melton Jeanne Douglas raises the Commonwealth Flag in 2016 assisted by ex-Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire David Wyrko QPM DL PHOTO: Tim Williams

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The Mayor of Melton David Wright will be hosting the Commonwealth Flag raising ceremony outside the borough council’s Parkside offices on Monday morning (March 13).

The ceremony will start at 9.45am when a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out.

The Deputy Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Brigadier W J Hurrell CBE DL, will read a personal message from the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10am.

The ceremony will be attended by representatives of local service and community organisations and members of the public are welcome to witness the raising of the Commonwealth Flag.

After the raising of the flag, the mayor will then invite guests to join him inside Parkside for a short commemorative act to mark the sacrifices made by those from the Commonwealth countries during the First World War.

Councillor Wright said: “I’m delighted that Melton Borough is again participating in this shared celebration of this family of nations and territories which represent a third of the world’s population.

“The 2017 theme of ‘a peace-building Commonwealth,’ is especially resonant with the concerns and hopes for unity and stability in today’s world.”