Monday 10th March saw the first Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day, in which over 500 flags were simultaneously raised across the country in celebration.
In Test Valley the Commonwealth flag could be seen fluttering above The Guildhall in Andover and Crosfield Hall in Romsey. Both flags were raised after a short dedication ceremony. In Andover this was led by the Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Janet Whiteley, and in Romsey by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Jan Lovell.
Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, Pageant master and originator of the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth, said: “This will be the largest, single, raising of the Commonwealth Flag in the history of the Commonwealth.
“The success of this year’s event bodes well for 2015 and the future as we extend the invitation to participate and involve all 53 countries of the Commonwealth and UK overseas territories, to make this the largest-ever annual occasion involving local communities throughout the worldwide Commonwealth family.”