Bolton to celebrate Commonwealth Day

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BOLTON Council will join thousands of local authorities and community groups around the world to mark Commonwealth Day next month.

The flag of the Commonwealth — a yellow emblem of the world on a royal blue background — will fly high from the Town Hall to commemorate the event for the first time on Monday, March 10.

The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Colin Shaw, will join the leader of the council Cllr Cliff Morris on the steps of the Town Hall before the Commonwealth Affirmation is read out and the flag is raised at 10am.

Cllr Morris said the council was pleased to support Fly the Flag Day.

He said: “We hope that this simultaneous flag raising around the UK raises awareness of the Commonwealth and the values it stands for, such as tolerance and understanding of other faiths and cultures.”

Commonwealth flags are also set to be flown in each of the UK’s four capital cities as well as the furthest north, south, east and west
points of the country.

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, said: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people — wherever they live, learn or work — to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family.

“I welcome and commend it.”

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11:25am Mon 10 Feb 14

Jim271 says...

Why don't you just hand over votes to UKIP!!!!!

You are playing into the hands of racists. We don't need people telling us not to hate people from other countries because believe it or not there are white people in the world who are not racist.!!!

Waste of time, waste of money.
Why don't you just hand over votes to UKIP!!!!! You are playing into the hands of racists. We don't need people telling us not to hate people from other countries because believe it or not there are white people in the world who are not racist.!!! Waste of time, waste of money. Jim271

11:36am Mon 10 Feb 14

oftbewildered2 says...

my late mother used to tell me how they celebrated Commonwealth Day at school back in the 1920s - we never celebrated it in the 1950s, that I can remember; this is no new thing but a revival of something which has fallen into disuse. The Commonwealth is not as large as it used to be, but does comprise folk of all races, colours, creeds and cultures. Are we celebrating the Commonwealth, or celebrating the fact that we are all brothers under the skin? What about those who come from countries which are not part of our Commonwealth?
my late mother used to tell me how they celebrated Commonwealth Day at school back in the 1920s - we never celebrated it in the 1950s, that I can remember; this is no new thing but a revival of something which has fallen into disuse. The Commonwealth is not as large as it used to be, but does comprise folk of all races, colours, creeds and cultures. Are we celebrating the Commonwealth, or celebrating the fact that we are all brothers under the skin? What about those who come from countries which are not part of our Commonwealth? oftbewildered2

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