Our Commonwealth Flag raised today (Monday 14 March) at Matlock Town Hall is one of 850 in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries to mark Commonwealth Day 2016.
This unique initiative, now in its third year, is again catching the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.
This year the event is being organised in association with The Royal Commonwealth Society. In the capital cities of Commonwealth countries ex-services organisations raised the Flag at 10.00hrs today, including in London led by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster of 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth', said:
"I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries and are delighted to be involving The Royal Commonwealth Society in the project this year."The involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future in this current troubled world of ours."