February 17, 2014 1.13 pm This story is over 117 months old

Lincoln to fly the flag for Commonwealth Day

Flying the flag: Lincoln will play a part in Commonwealth Day by flying one of 500 Commonwealth flags.

For the first time, Lincoln will play host to a special mark of Commonwealth Day by flying a Commonwealth flag.

There are only 500 Commonwealth flags and one will fly outside the Lincolnshire County Council offices on Newland in Lincoln on March 10 at 10am.

The Chairman of Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Ray Wootten, will raise the flag after a specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out by the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Mr Tony Worth.

Ray Wootten said: “I’m honoured to be part of the ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day 2014 and I’m delighted that all local authorities in Lincolnshire are coming together to celebrate the Commonwealth nations’ shared traditions and values.

“Members of the public are welcome to join us outside County Offices to mark the occasion.”

The Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Tony Worth added: “Sixty five years after the founding of the Commonwealth in 1949, Commonwealth Flags will be flown by all local authorities in Lincolnshire and throughout the British Isles as a public expression of commitment to the values that the Commonwealth stands for.”

The Commonwealth flags will be flown at a number of significant places across the county, such as Land’s End, while charity teams will mark the day by taking the flags to the top of the UK’s four highest National Peaks.

The charities will also use the occasion to raise funds for four different causes, Cancer Research UK, Help for Heroes, Walking with the Wounded and Fields of Life.