Council joins in Commonwealth celebrations

​Date: 06/03/2015

We are encouraging people to join in with Common wealth day which takes place next week (9 March).

As a part of the international celebrations, Wakefield is joining countries like New Zealand, Jamaica and Sri Lanka to fly the flag for the annual ceremony. A total of 730 Commonwealth flags will be raised this year.

Members of the public are invited to come along to County Hall on Monday 9 March at 9.55am to join the Mayor of Wakefield; Cllr Sandra Pickin who will read the Commonwealth Affirmation, a special message of good wishes from Her Majesty The Queen and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Cllr Pickin will also raise the national flag, to mark Commonwealth day.

Cllr Sandra Pickin said: "I am looking forward celebrating Commonwealth day. We take great pride in being part of the Commonwealth and this special event will show our ongoing support."

For the first time in history, the Commonwealth Flag will be raised on-board all ships wherever they may be travelling in the world that morning.

Last year saw more than 650 Commonwealth Flags raised in 38 Commonwealth countries.