Commonwealth flag raising service at Civic Centre

Posted on Thursday 8th March 2018

The ceremony will take place at Newport Civic Centre at 10am

Newport City Council is marking Commonwealth Day with a flag raising service on Monday, March 12.

The ceremony will take place at Newport Civic Centre at 10am when the Mayor’s Chaplain Father Michael Doyle will officiate.

During the service the Mayor of Newport, Councillor David Fouweather, will read a personal message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland, QC.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant for Gwent Mr Chris Freegard before the raising of the Commonwealth flag, an act which will be repeated around the globe when the family of nations will reaffirm the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development and respect for diversity.

On Commonwealth Day people of all ages and backgrounds in Commonwealth countries will recommit to working ‘Towards a Common Future’ the theme for this year and for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting being hosted by the UK in April.

Bruno Peek. Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster of ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ said: “I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in the UK and around the Commonwealth.

“We are only in our fourth year and the participation of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth.

“It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with and assist fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents.

“There is a real sense of promise and hope for the future in this current troubled world of ours.”

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