Thursday, 13 March 2014



A historic flag raising ceremony was held in Erewash on Monday 10th March, when the borough took part in the first ever event to mark Commonwealth Day – joining a chain of nationwide celebrations taking place simultaneously. Erewash Borough Council held its ceremony at Long Eaton Town Hall at 10am when the Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Val Clare, read out a message from the Queen before raising the flag. A specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation was also 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 to have been a part of this historic celebration, which demonstrates a commitment and support to the Commonwealth and promotes the important values and opportunities it upholds.”