Posted: Fri 7th Mar 2014

RAF Hawk to fly over County Hall – Mold as flag is raised to celebrate Commonwealth Day

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Friday, Mar 7th, 2014

A Hawk aircraft from RAF Valley will fly over County Hall, Mold on Monday 10 March as part of a ceremony to raise the Commonwealth flag in the county.

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Image – commons.wikimedia.

Five hundred flags will be raised throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man at 10am to mark Commonwealth Day. 

A message of support from Her Majesty The Queen and a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the flag.

Chair of the County Council, Councillor Carolyn Thomas said:

“It is an honour to be raising the Commonwealth Flag on behalf of Flintshire County Council on Commonwealth Day. The initiative, uniting communities under one event, where flags will be raised in unison will hopefully raise awareness of the Commonwealth and what it represents to everyone, whether through local, nationwide or charitable organisations.”

In London, Her Majesty The Queen will ‘break’ the Commonwealth Flag outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey which will be the last of over 500 Commonwealth Flags raised that day.

It will be the largest, single raising of this flag in the history of the Commonwealth. Shortly after The Queen has ‘broken’ the flag, Her Majesty will attend the annual Commonwealth Observance (service) in Westminster Abbey, which will also be attended by The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and The Earl and Countess of Wessex.

A special Interactive Map has also been produced by Esri UK, to show the location of each flag.

“We are exceptionally proud to support the ‘Fly a Flag’ for Commonwealth initiative and, to help raise awareness of the day, we have built an interactive map www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap that shows where the individual flag raising events are taking place, throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man,” explained Dr Richard Waite, Managing Director of Esri UK.

“We have strongly encouraged all local authorities and others taking part to post the map on their website, so local citizens and the media can easily find details of their local event and become involved in what will be a most special day.” 

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