Breckland takes part in Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth

Phillip Duigan, Lynda Turne, Paul Claussen, Trevor Carter and Mike Nairn
Phillip Duigan, Lynda Turne, Paul Claussen, Trevor Carter and Mike Nairn
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Breckland Council chairman, Paul Claussen, joined representatives from hundreds of local authorities and community groups in raising the Commonwealth flag today.

In celebration of Commonwealth Day, at exactly 10am more than 500 flags were raised throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. Shortly after, the Queen raised the Commonwealth flag outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey.

It was the largest, single raising of this flag in the history of the Commonwealth.

Cllr Claussen said: “It is a great honour for me to raise the Commonwealth flag today. I am joining hundreds of others in marking the fellowship and celebrating the diversity of 53 nations, united by language, history, culture and the shared values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter.”

Charity teams marked the day by taking Commonwealth flags to the top of the UK’s four highest national peaks.

Commonwealth flags were raised at locations of special significance including Land’s End - the most westerly point in England, St David’s - the westernmost city in Wales, Carlisle - the northernmost city in England, Lowestoft - the easternmost town in England and Unst in the Shetland Islands - the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland.

They were also raised at the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula and at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as King Edward Point and Bird Island in South Georgia.

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, said of the event: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.”