Flying the flag for the Commonwealth

Published: 15 Mar 2017

The Commonwealth flag was raised at County Hall in Hertford on Monday 13 March.

The Commonwealth Day event was hosted by the Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council. Richard Beazley, the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, read out a specially written Commonwealth affirmation at County Hall before the flag was raised.

Natalie Naylor, an apprentice at Hertfordshire County Council, read Her Majesty the Queen’s Commonwealth Day Message.

Also present were Stelio Stefano, High Sheriff of Hertfordshire; Councillor Dr Linda Radford, Mayor of Hertford, and Councillor Ken Crofton, Chairman of East Herts District Council.

The ceremony was also attended by Captain Kevin Shaw from Northwood HQ, honorary aldermen, former chairmen, county councillors and staff, as well as a contingent of cadets from the three services of the Haileybury Combined Cadet Force.

At the event, Frances Button, Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “We are proud to mark Commonwealth Day in Hertfordshire to celebrate this influential world-wide family of nations.

“I am delighted that we flew the flag today to show our appreciation for the unity, understanding and tolerance that the Commonwealth stands for and the opportunities it offers to its 2.5 billion citizens around the world.”

"Each country taking part is raising the commonwealth flag at 10am local time. It started in Tonga, where the time is GMT plus 13 hours, so 10am there means they raised the Commonwealth flag 13 hours ago. In our time, that was at 9pm last night.

"In Vancouver, on the west coast of Canada, they will be raising the flag in 7 hours, at 5pm this evening our time.

"We are today part of a giant Mexican wave of flags, lasting (almost) 24 hours, as the Commonwealth Flag is raised around the world."