23rd September 2018
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Raising flag for Commonwealth celebrations

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Commonwealth flags are to be raised at Lerwick Town Hall and Unst Leisure Centre tomorrow – joining more than 700 events across the globe to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Good wishes from the Queen as well as secretary general of the Commonwealth, Kamalesh Sharma, will be read out at every ceremony before the Commonwealth flag is raised.

The first to raise the flag will be the Kingdom of Tonga in Polynesia, 13 hours ahead of UK time.

Meanwhile, for the first time in maritime history, the Commonwealth flag will be raised onboard all cruise ships belonging to the P&O & Cunard Line.

Ex-services organisations will also take part in the capital cities of Commonwealth countries, including in London, led by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, and Scouts in The Bahamas, Belize, Grenada, Jamaica, Malaysia, Maldives, Republic of Malta, Mauritius, New Zealand, Samoa, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago are involved.

The Commonwealth flag will be taken to the tops of the four highest national peaks of the United Kingdom – Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon and Slieve Donard.

Malcolm Bell, Shetland Islands Council convener, said: “I am pleased to support this global event that celebrates the diversity and shared positive ideals of the Commonwealth.

“The values of inclusion, democracy and respect are obviously ones we share in Shetland.

“Flying the Commonwealth flag on Commonwealth Day is a symbolic gesture of our collective unity across so many different nations and territories.”

The flags in Shetland will be raised at 10am.

About Adam Guest

Reporter for The Shetland Times. I have also worked as a senior news reporter at The Press and Journal, The Barnsley Chronicle and as a freelance reporter for The Doncaster Free Press. Alongside news reporting I specialise in music and sports journalism. Pork pie lover.

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2 comments

  1. Robin Stevenson

    Tory, Labour and the Lib Dems had initially objected to this, until it was explained, they meant “Flags on Poles” and NOT “Flagging in Polls”. ;P

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  2. Ali Inkster

    Could we no get Wills, Wishart(s), Ratter and Robinson to take the flag to the top of Ronas hill about 4pm and just leave them there.

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