Published Monday, 9th February 2015

The Mayor of Reigate and Banstead 'flew a flag for the Commonwealth' on behalf of the borough this morning at the Town Hall in Reigate.

The day marks the second international commemorative flag raising event for the Commonwealth when over 650 Commonwealth flags are being raised in 38 Commonwealth countries. Local authorities, voluntary and other organisations around the UK have been invited to take part in the ceremony. For the first time, cadets from the Royal Air Force Air Cadets are also participating. The aim of the event is to enable local communities to join in a public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciate the values it represents and the opportunities it offers to its citizens.

Mayor of Reigate & Banstead, Cllr David Pay said: "Do look out for the blue and yellow Commonwealth flag outside the Town Hall in Reigate. By flying this flag, we are linking with communities across the globe to show our respect and understanding for each other."

Letter from the Queen

The Mayor read the Commonwealth Affirmation, which was written specifically for the flag raising at each ceremony, and a short letter from HM the Queen. The Mayor’s attendant, David Duke, raised the flag on behalf of the Mayor at 10am.

Commonwealth flags were raised in places as diverse as Mount Snowdon in Wales and the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctica as well as New Zealand, Mauritius and schools across Uganda. The Commonwealth has over two billion citizens from sovereign states across the world and includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries.