Children invited to flag raising day

Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland
Civic Centre on West Paddock in Leyland
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For the first time, South Ribble Borough Council will be flying a flag to mark Commonwealth Day.

At 10am on Monday, March 10, the Mayor of South Ribble, Councillor Dorothy Gardner, will raise one of 500 flags which will be flown simultaneously across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

The flag will be raised at the Civic Centre, West Paddock, Leyland and more than 40 pupils from Woodlea Junior and St Andrew’s Infant Schools will take part in the event.

The school children will listen to the Mayor read a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation and a message from Her Majesty the Queen.

Leader of the council, Councillor Margaret Smith, will then read out a response to the messages.

The hope it that local communities will join with others nationwide and show appreciation for the values and opportunities the Commonwealth offers to its citizens.

Coun Gardner, said: “It is an honour to be taking part in the first ever raising of a flag for Commonwealth Day in South Ribble.”

“It’s even more special to be taking part in this ceremony during the same year as the Commonwealth Games.”