Salute in Mold to links with UK family of nations

Published date: 11 March 2014 |
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SCHOOL pupils and community leaders celebrated Commonwealth Day.

A flag-raising event took place at County Hall in Mold yesterday to mark the occasion.

The crowd was also entertained by a Hawk aircraft from RAF Valley flying overhead, which was also part of the ceremony.

A number of children from Ysgol Bryn Coch, Ysgol Terrig, Ysgol Owen Jones and Ysgol Glanrafon, represented their schools during the event.

Hundreds of flags were raised throughout the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man at 10am to mark the celebration.

A message of support from the Queen was read out by Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd, Harry Fetherstonhaugh, along with a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation which was read by chair of the Flintshire Council, councillor Carolyn Thomas.

Cllr Thomas, who raised the flag, said: “It was an honour to raise the Commonwealth flag on behalf of Flintshire Council in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant as the Queen's representative, and Flintshire schoolchildren.”

She added: “I think ‘Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth’ is a great initiative uniting public authorities, communities, and charities in one event to raise awareness of the Commonwealth and what it stands for.

“It’s common traditions and shared values.

“We were extremely fortunate to have lovely weather and a fly-past by an RAF jet which the children really enjoyed.”

Cllr Thomas also praised the schools teachers for bringing the children along.

They were also given a tour of the chairman’s room and council chamber after the event.

The occasion across the UK was said to be the largest single raising of the flag in the history of the Commonwealth.

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