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Flags To Be Raised For Commonwealth Day

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8:31am 10th March 2014

Flags will be raised high around Dorset today by our Borough and District councils to mark Commonwealth Day (10th of March).

There will be a ceremony outside Weymouth's North Quay offices and one at the front of Dorchester's South Walks house.

It will be the first Commonwealth ceremony to take place at the new council building in Dorchester.

District Council Chairman Gillian Summers will be hosting their ceremony, "West Dorset District Council is delighted to celebrate the first Commonwealth Day at our new building, South Walks House.  We look forward to sharing this experience with representatives of local community organisations.  I have arranged for the National Anthem to be played during the flag-raising by a member of the Durnovaria Silver Band."

The Mayor of Weymouth and Portland Cllr Ray Banham will be attending the flag raising in Weymouth, "We are looking forward to hosting the Commonwealth Day flag raising event. It is great have the opportunity to join the British Isle and Channel Islands to recognise Commonwealth Day."

"This will be the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth", said Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageant master 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".

Local dignitaries will be attending along with members of the public, both of the ceremonies will start at 10am.

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