Northampton Borough Council to raise the Commonwealth flag next month

The Mayor of Northampton, 'Councillor John Caswell. ENGNNL00120111031174456
The Mayor of Northampton, 'Councillor John Caswell. ENGNNL00120111031174456

Northampton Borough Council will be raising the Commonwealth flag at 10am on Monday March 9 to mark Commonwealth Day.

The event, which will see the Mayor of Northampton, Councillor John Caswell, raise the flag outside The Guildhall, is part of an initiative which started last year and will see more than 700 other flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries around the world.

A specially written Commonwealth affirmation will be read out by the Mayor at the ceremony before the raising of the flag.

Bruno Peek, pageantmaster of Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth, said: “The celebration has caught the imagination of thousands of participants around the world, enabling people of all ages in their local communities to become involved and join with others worldwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and opportunities offered to its citizens.”

Councillor David Mackintosh, Leader of Northampton Borough Council, said: “The Commonwealth promotes tolerance, freedom of expression, respect for human rights, the rule of law, protecting the environment, access to health, education, food and shelter, and gender equality and as such I am delighted to take part in Northampton’s expression of support for the Commonwealth.”

Mayor of Northampton, Councillor John Caswell, said: “I do hope that as many people as possible will join me raising the flag outside The Guildhall on this worldwide day of celebration.”