Oxford flies the flag to mark Commonwealth Day

Published: Friday, 8th March 2019

On Monday 11 March 2019, to mark Commonwealth Day, we'll be joining over 850 buildings to fly the Commonwealth flag.

Flags will be flown throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries.

The Commonwealth flag will be raised at 11am on the flag pole, on the corner of Oxford Town Hall, High Street/St Aldate’s.

7 schoolchildren from Bonns Fünfte School in Bonn, will accompany the Lord Mayor on top of Carfax Tower, where they will have a spectacular view of the Commonwealth flag being raised and the dreaming spires.

The Lord Mayor will also read out The Queen’s Commonwealth Day message from the top of Carfax Tower.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Colin Cook said: “I am delighted that 17 schoolchildren and their teachers from our twin city of Bonn will be able to join us to mark Commonwealth Day here in Oxford.  The schoolchildren are here on an exchange visit with pupils from Cheney School and it will be a lovely opportunity for visitors from our twin city to share in one of the civic traditions we have in this city.”

This year’s theme, ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, encourages collaboration and offers opportunities for the people, governments and institutions of this richly diverse worldwide family of nations to connect and cooperate at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.

2019 marks the 70th anniversary of the formation of the Commonwealth as it is configured today, with old ties and new links enabling cooperation towards social, political and economic development which is both inclusive and sustainable. The values and principles around which the 53 member countries and their 2.4 billion people connect are brought together in the Commonwealth Charter.

People in Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific as well as Europe will observe the day with a range of activities, including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events.