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Peterborough set to fly the flag for the Commonwealth

03 March 2023

Commonwealth Day 2023 will be celebrated by Peterborough City Council representatives as 54 countries across the globe mark the occasion.

The annual event gives communities and organisations the chance to celebrate and promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy, equality and diversity.

The Peterborough event will begin at 10.30am on Monday 13 March and will feature the raising of the Commonwealth flag outside the Town Hall, as well as contributions from the Mayor of Peterborough, Councillor Alan Dowson, and clergy from Peterborough Cathedral.

When: Monday 13 March

Where: Bridge Street, Peterborough

Details: Reading of Commonwealth Affirmation before flag raising at 10.38am.

Cllr Alan Dowson, Mayor of Peterborough said: “This year Commonwealth Day takes on a great significance for the UK, as it will be the first with His Majesty, King Charles III on the throne. I hope people will come along and enjoy the event. As a Council, we are committed to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter and joining other nations in celebrating this great and diverse union."

Special events are being held across the nation to mark the day, including a service held at Westminster Abbey. The theme of this year is ‘Forging a sustainable and peaceful common future’ - this, celebrates how the 54 Commonwealth countries support the promotion of peace, prosperity and sustainability, so as to secure a better future for young people and improve the lives of all Commonwealth citizens.

For more information about Commonwealth Day visit: http://thecommonwealth.org/commonwealthday

The full schedule of the Peterborough event is as follows:

10.30am: Civic guests to gather in the Town Hall Reception area

10.35am: Mayors Attendant will call the Order of Procession

10.38am: Civic Procession to depart from the Town Hall

  • Town Crier to ring bell and read out the Commonwealth Proclamation
  • Bugler to undertake the Fanfare
  • Mayor and Mayors Chaplain to step forward when the Chaplain will Bless the Flag
  • Mayor to read the Commonwealth Affirmation
  • Flag to be handed to the Council Representative to be attached to the flagpole
  • Prayer for the Commonwealth
  • The Commonwealth Flag to be raised on the flagpole
  • Short service concludes with National Anthem