Wednesday, 5 March 2014

COMMONWEALTH DAY

Landmark ‘Fly a Flag’ day
 

A historic flag raising ceremony will be held in Erewash next Monday, when the borough will take part in the first ever event to mark Commonwealth Day – joining a chain of nationwide celebrations that will take place simultaneously. Erewash Borough Council has confirmed that it will join the ‘history in the making’ event on Monday 10th March at 10am when the Commonwealth flag will be raised in a ceremony at Long Eaton Town Hall.
 
The flag will be raised by the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Clare, who will read out a message from the Queen during the ceremony. A specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation will also be read out by the Leader of Erewash Borough Council, Councillor Chris Corbett. It is the first time that local authorities and other community groups across the British Isles have taken part in the flag raising ceremonies, which are aimed at showing a widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth. Councillor Val Clare, the Mayor of Erewash, says:
“We are proud and honoured to be taking part in this historic event and to support this unique initiative which demonstrates a commitment to the Commonwealth and promotes the important values and opportunities it upholds.”
 
Fifty-three countries are members of The Commonwealth. Our countries span Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific and are diverse – they are amongst the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries. Thirty-one of our members are classified as small states – countries with a population size of 1.5million people or less and larger member states that share similar characteristics with them.
The flag consists of the Commonwealth symbol in gold on a blue field. The symbol centres on a globe, representing the global nature of the Commonwealth and the breadth of its membership. The globe is surrounded by 61 radiating, approximately quadrilateral, spears, which form a 'C' for 'Commonwealth'. The number of spears does not represent the number of member states (there have never been 61 members); instead, the large number represents the many ways in which the Commonwealth cooperates around the world