Local school children will be helping West Lancashire Borough Council raise the Commonwealth Flag at a special ceremony on Monday 11 March, to mark Commonwealth Day 2019.
Celebrations begin around 9.50am when West Lancashire’s Mayor, Councillor Noel Delaney and other civic dignitaries will be joined by children from Ormskirk CE Primary School, outside the Council Offices at 52 Derby Street, Ormskirk.
Messages from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations will be read out and the Mayor will also address those present. A specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read before the flag is raised.
Councillor Delaney said: “I am really proud that West Lancashire will be joining people across the world in raising the Commonwealth Flag. This year’s theme is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, and it has particular significance as it is the 70th anniversary of the 1949 London Declaration which brought into being the Commonwealth we know today.”
The people of the Commonwealth number almost 2.5 billion, a third of the world’s population.
This year’s Commonwealth Flag raising event builds on successful events since 2014 and will see more than 1,000 other Commonwealth Flags raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries.
After the flag is raised everyone will be invited to the Mayor’s Room for light refreshments.