Commonwealth Day Monday 13th March

Monday, 13th March is Commonwealth Day and Wimborne Minster will be one of 950 locations in the UK and across Commonwealth countries participating in the ‘Fly a Flag’ event.

As Heads of State, Prime Ministers and other dignitaries host events that celebrate the inclusivity and diversity of the two billion people within the 53 Commonwealth countries, Wimborne Minster Town Mayor Cllr Mrs Sue Cook will be raising a flag on behalf of the town.  The Flag Flying takes place at 10.00 am at the Royal British Legion on the 13th March.  Cllr Mrs Cook said “I am proud to co- host this event on behalf of Wimborne Minster Town Council, together with the Chairman of East Dorset District Council, and delighted that although this initiative is only in its third year, participants, including many young people across the Commonwealth will also be raising the flag at 10am in recognition of the values of belonging to a Commonwealth country.”

This is the third year that this event has taken place with such a widespread flag flying ceremony across varied nations, an event organized by The Royal Commonwealth Society .

This year the Mayor and Chairman of East Dorset District Council, Cllr David Shortell, will be hosting a joint event and they welcome residents to join them at the British Legion shortly before 10am on the day.  The ceremony should last approximately 10 minutes with tea and coffee being served afterwards.  There will also be a small ceremony to mark the Single Commemorative Act marking the Centenary of World War One when a candle will be lit as a symbol of hope.

 

Reporters and photographers welcome.

Further details can be obtained from Shelagh Fuller on (01202) 881655.