To celebrate Commonwealth Day West Lindsey District Council is taking part in flying one of 500 Commonwealth flags.
The Chairman of the Council, Coun Irmgard Parrott, will be raising the flag at 10am on Monday March 10 2014 at the front of the Guildhall in Gainsborough.
For the first time ever, local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles are coming together in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.
A specially written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out by the Chairman before raising the flag.
Coun Parrott is pleased West Lindsey is taking part in this commemoration.
She said: “I hope that this will encourage not only adults but also the younger people and children to gain an understanding of our connection with other countries around the world.”
Ahead of the day, the Lord-Lieutenant of Lincolnshire, Tony Worth handed over the flag to Coun Parrott.
“For the first time, 65 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 and appreciation of the values that the commonwealth stands for,” said Mr Worth.
Charity teams will mark the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK’s four highest National Peaks and use the occasion to raise funds for their worthy causes: Cancer Research UK - Scafell Pike, England; Help for Heroes - Ben Nevis, Scotland; Walking with the Wounded - Mount Snowdon, Wales; and Fields of Life - Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.
“This will be the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth”, said Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageantmaster and originator of Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth.
“The success of this year’s event bodes well for 2015 and the future as we extend the invitation to participate and involve all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and UK overseas territories, to make this the largest-ever annual occasion involving local communities throughout the worldwide Commonwealth family.”
Flags will also be flown at many national locations of special significance. An interactive map that shows where these events are taking place can be found at: www.esriuk.com/flyaflagmap