The flag will be raised at 10am on Monday 14 March "“ the same time at which 850 similar flags will be raised in countries across the Commonwealth.

A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at each ceremony before the raising of the flag, which in Cambridgeshire will be read by Council Chairman Cllr Sebastian Kindersley. A message from Commonwealth Secretary-General, His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma will then be read out by Deputy Lieutenant Colonel Colin Elsden.

Cllr Kindersley will then raise the flag at 10am to coincide with other flag-raising events across the country.

Over 60 children from nearby Mayfield Primary School and St Luke's Primary School are expected to witness the ceremony.

More than 850 flags will be raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories, and Commonwealth countries.

P&O & Cunard Line, for the second year running, will be raising the Commonwealth Flag on board their ships at 10am local time "“ wherever in the world they may be.

As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, this initiative enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.

Cllr Kindersley said: "This event, which has caught the imagination of thousands of participants, will enable people in their own communities to become involved and join with others nationwide in associating themselves with widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world. I am delighted that local authorities, organisations and charities across Cambridgeshire are taking part."



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