Flying a flag for the Commonwealth
9th March 2015 - The following article is reproduced by kind permission of Town and Around
Hunstanton Town Councillors led by the Mayor Carol Bower, Borough and County Councillor Richard Bird, The Royal British Legion with representatives from Smithdon School and Hunstanton and District Rotary gathered at the War Memorial in the Esplanade Gardens on Monday morning and were joined by local residents to mark Commonwealth Day.
Cllr Bower read messages from Her Majesty the Queen and His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, the Commonwealth Secretary General. His Excellency’s message included: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth provides an opportunity to acknowledge publically and collectively the continuing success of the Commonwealth in building on common traditions and upholding shared values of democracy, inclusive development, rule of law and human rights, in order to advance opportunities for the development and growth of all, especially our youth.”
Roy Evans of the Royal British Legion read the Commonwealth Affirmation, and in keeping with this year’s theme of ‘A Young Commonwealth’, the Head Boy and Girl of Smithdon High School, Terry Spaans and Chloe Kissock raised the Commonwealth Flag.
Moving to the Town Hall, the second part of the celebration saw the ceremonial candles extinguished and a two-minute silence followed by the Mayor lighting a symbolic candle that will remain lit for the next twelve months.