Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day, 2017

On Monday 13th March 2017, the Chair of Huntingdon District Council, Cllr Peter Bucknell, invited members of the Armed Forces, Armed Forces Associations, local dignitaries and residents of Huntingdon to attend a flag raising ceremony for Commonwealth Day.

Standard Bearers, VIPs and guests gather outside of Castle Hill House

Shipmates Karl Webb (Branch President), Bill Small (Standard Bearer) and Victor Lucas (former High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire) attended the service along with members from RAF Wyton, RAF Alconbury and RAFA.

RNA and RAFA Standards with the representatives from RAF Wyton and Alconbury

After a welcome speech from the Chair HDC, the Deputy Lieutenant of Cambridgeshire, Michael Williamson JP DL delivered a message from Her Majesty The Queen.

Chair of HDC welcomes everyone to the Flag Raising event

Following the Queen’s message was shipmate Victor Lucas, in his role as former High Sheriff, who gave a talk on the formation of the Commonwealth Task Force during the Korean War in 1950, and of the Royal Naval warships involved. Victor then delivered a message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC.

S/M Victor Lucas gives a talk on the formation of the Commonwealth Fleet

With the Commonwealth messages delivered, the Deputy Lieutenant delivered the Commonwealth Affirmation, the response (said by all in attendance was:

Our pledge is to support the Commonwealth, working together for a future in which there is freedom and justice and prosperity for all, with peace and understanding between peoples and nations.

The Blessing of the Commonwealth Flag was then carried out by the Dean of Huntingdon, Reverend Canon Brian Atling.

Blessing of the Commonwealth Flag

The Commonwealth flag was then hoisted up the flagpole in front of Castle Hill House, RNA and RAFA Standards were lowered and all stood in silence as we remembered the Commonwealth.

Raising of the Commonwealth Flag

 

With the ceremony complete, the Chair of HDC invited all attendees to a reception in the Civic Suite of the Council Offices.