Fareham gymnast to raise flag to mark Commonwealth Day

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COMMONWEALTH Day will be marked by the raising of a flag.

Fareham gold medallist gymnast Kelly Simm, who was part of the England artistic gymnastics team at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, will raise the Commonwealth flag in the courtyard of The Great Hall in Winchester.

It is the second year that authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles will carry out flag-raising events to mark Commonwealth Day – on Monday, March 9.

Chairman of Hampshire County Council, Councillor Colin Davidovitz said: ‘I’m delighted that the council is once again taking part in the global events to mark Commonwealth Day and all that the Commonwealth represents.

‘It’s a wonderful opportunity for Hampshire to connect with others around the world in the widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, appreciation of the values it stands for, and the opportunity offered to its citizens.

‘Members of the public are very welcome to join us to mark this special occasion.’

A message from The Queen will be read by Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson before the raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10am.

A choir from Kings Secondary School in Winchester, led by Hampshire Music Service, will perform during the ceremony.