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Flagging up international friendship in Enfield

Published Tuesday, 10 March 2015

This week saw the council ‘Flying a Flag’ for the Commonwealth of Nations.


Enfield Council welcomed 22 children from the Prince of Wales primary School in Enfield Lock to celebrate this year’s special theme: ‘A Young Commonwealth’.

Mayor, Cllr Ali Bakir, Council Leader Cllr Doug Taylor and Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services & Schools were helped by the children to hoist the flag up one of the flagpoles.
They were among thousands of young people throughout the Commonwealth celebrating as the flag flew.

Over 730 Commonwealth Flags throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries were raised on this second year of Commonwealth celebrations.
A special message of good wishes from Her Majesty, The Queen was read out at all events before flags were raised.

For the first time in maritime history, the Commonwealth Flag was raised on board all ships belonging to the fleets of the world’s leading cruise lines, P&O & Cunard Line, wherever they may be travelling in the world that morning.

Enfield Council Leader, Cllr Doug Taylor, said, “Promoting good international relations and friendship is an important part of living in the world today. I am delighted that we had a group of children joining us to witness an event that symbolises friendship – and demonstrates to them that it is important to encourage nations to live in harmony.”

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR - Pageantmaster, 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’, said: "I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries. We are only in our second year, and the involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth.

“It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future.”   

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