Spring has sprung with fundraising, choral and sporting events in the mayor's diary this week

Marking Commonwealth Day (13 March) and its peace-building theme was first in the Mayor’s diary this week when he led a procession to fly the Commonwealth Flag above the Town Hall.

Tuesday 14 March: The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Mayoress will join host Councillor Ansar Ali in sampling the delights of South Asian cuisine and entertainment at the Taj Mahal restaurant on Lincoln Road at 7pm. The fundraising event is being held in aid of the Mayor’s charities and the British Friends of Islamgarh Welfare Trust. For more information and tickets costing £20 contact the civic office on 01733 747474.

Wednesday 15 March: Fundraiser ‘An Evening with David Lowndes' at the Peterborough Salvation Army, New England, at 7.30pm. In his 44 years as a photographer for the Peterborough Telegraph, David has covered everything from royal visits to major incidents. Tickets costing £10 are available on the night or beforehand from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, by emailing mayorscharities@civicpeterborough.co.uk or by calling Helen on 07506 388718.

Thursday 16 March: The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress will officially open the new B&M store in Bridge Street, Peterborough, at 8.30am.

Thursday 16 March: The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress will mark the start of work to extend Northborough village hall by 'turning the first sod’ at 10.30am.

Friday 17 March: The Mayor will attend the Lions Convention at the Holiday Inn (Peterborough West) which this year marks the club’s centennial year. The event will take place between 7pm and 11.30pm.

Saturday 18 March: The Deputy Mayor and Deputy Mayoress will attend Peterborough Choral Society’s Spring Concert 2017, conducted by Stephen Grahil, at Peterborough Cathedral between 7pm and 10pm.

Sunday 19 March: The inaugural meeting of the England Bandy Federation will take place at Peterborough Ice Rink, Mallard Road, Bretton, at 8.15pm. The Deputy Mayor will blow the whistle to start the first game of this Fens originated sport for over 100 years. Bandy has been described as football on ice and (ice) hockey with a ball. While its own sport, it does have a lot in common with these sports.

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