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A FLAG to mark the Commonwealth will be raised in Havant next month.

Havant Borough Council will join other councils, community groups and charities throughout the country in raising a flag of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.

March 10 allows communities to show their commitment to the Commonwealth and the values it stands for.

A specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation will be read out at the ceremony being held at The Plaza along with a message from Her Majesty the Queen.

At 10am, The Mayor of Havant, Councillor Paul Buckley, assisted by one of the mayor’s cadets, will raise the Commonwealth flag.

Cllr Buckley said: ‘I am delighted to be raising the flag over Havant to honour the Commonwealth. This is a very meaningful way to demonstrate our togetherness, not just across the borough, or across the country but across the 53 nations of the Commonwealth.’

A flag will also be raised at some of the Commonwealth’s furthest flung outposts, including the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic peninsula.