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Flying a Flag for the Commonwealth

Kings Hill School Children with the Commonwealth


Monday 10 March 2014 was Commonwealth Day, and in Tonbridge and Malling the occasion was marked by the raising of three flags: one at Tonbridge Castle, one near the running airman memorial sculpture in Kings Hill and one at the Borough Council’s offices in Kings Hill.  The flags were among 500 Commonwealth flags that were raised simultaneously across the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to promote understanding and unity of global issues.

Two ceremonies took place locally.  At Tonbridge Castle Dame Kelly Holmes joined the Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Howard Rogers, and children from Slade Primary School for the ceremony.

At the area behind the running airman memorial sculpture near Liberty Square in Kings Hill, Deputy Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling Cllr Sasha Luck was joined by local school children from Kings Hill Primary School as she raised the flag.

Both the Mayor and the Deputy Mayor read the Commonwealth Affirmation and a message from Her Majesty the Queen before the flags were raised.

Mayor of Tonbridge and Malling, Cllr Howard Rogers says: “I consider it a great honour to have been involved in this inspirational event.  It was quite a sight to see the flag go up in a symbolic tribute to the Commonwealth nations.”

Dame Kelly Holmes says: “I am delighted to share this moment in history with my local community as we join other communities and nations to commemorate Commonwealth Day and celebrate the diversity and the unity of the Commonwealth.  Excitement is building for the Commonwealth Games this summer, and I’m very much looking forward to bringing The Queen’s Baton Relay to Tonbridge for an exciting event on 5 June 2014.”

Susan Davies, Residential Co-Ordinator for Liberty Property Trust, says: “We are very pleased to support Commonwealth Day by hosting a flag-raising at Kings Hill. We were honoured that our community was chosen as one of only two locations in the borough.”

As well as local flag raising events,  flags were also raised in UK city centres and at the top of the UK’s four highest peaks by four charities: Ben Nevis, Scotland (Help for Heroes), Mount Snowdon, Wales (Walking with the Wounded), Scafell Pike, England (Cancer Research UK), and Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland (Fields of Life).

The Commonwealth Flags flew proudly across the nations for the day.

For more information on the Commonwealth Celebrations in Tonbridge and Malling please contact the Borough Council’s Leisure Services on 01732 876166 or email leisure.services@tmbc.gov.uk.

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