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Flying a Flag for the Commonwealth

At 10am this morning, Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant for County Antrim, Mrs Joan Christie CVO OBE and the Mayor of Antrim and Newtownabbey, Councillor Paul Michael joined thousands of other people across the world in raising the Commonwealth Flag to mark Commonwealth Day 2019.

Now in its fifth year, the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative allows participants from all walks of life to express their commitment to the Commonwealth and show their appreciation for the values it upholds.
 
At a small ceremony at Antrim Civic Centre, Mrs Christie read a message from Her Majesty the Queen to the invited guests which included local Commonwealth athletes, representatives from Royal British Legion branches within the Borough and local political representatives. Her message echoed the theme for this year’s Commonwealth Day ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, and encouraged us as citizens to gain and draw benefit from the vast interconnected networks of mutual support and collaboration.
 
Before the flag was raised, Cllr Michael read a message sent by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, to mark the occasion. Mrs Christie then affirmed the Council’s commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter.
 
A Commonwealth Flag was also raised at Mossley Mill to mark Commonwealth Day 2019.


 

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