03 Mar 2015

Commonwealth Day flags to be raised with pride in Leeds

Picture caption: The Commonwealth Flag will be raised at Leeds Civic Hall.

The Commonwealth flag will once again be flown proudly in Leeds next week, as part of a day of celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day.

After a successful inaugural event last year, over 650 Commonwealth Flags are set to be raised in 38 Commonwealth countries as part of the event on Monday 9 March 2015. In Leeds to honour the occasion, two Commonwealth Flags will be hoisted at Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall.

On the day, the Lord Mayor of Leeds Cllr David Congreve will also read out a special Commonwealth message on the steps of the civic hall from Her Majesty The Queen, before the flag is officially raised at 10am. Members of the public are welcome to join the Lord Mayor at the ceremony from 9.50am, who will also be accompanied on the steps by children from Hugh Gaitskell Primary School.

For more details on the flag ceremonies taking place, please see: http://www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk/

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor David Congreve said:

"We are extremely honoured as a city to once again be participating in Commonwealth Day on March 9, which will see two Commonwealth Flags raised at Leeds Civic Hall and Leeds Town Hall.

"On the day there will also be a special ceremony held on the steps of Leeds Civic Hall, which is a great opportunity to come together and celebrate the values and bond that people living in Commonwealth countries share."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk

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Leeds City Council Communications team