Oxford City Council to Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day

Published: Monday, 7th March 2016

Oxford City Council to Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day, Monday 14 March 2016, followed by a short ceremony at 10.30am in the Main Hall, Oxford Town Hall.

On Monday 14 March 2016, to mark Commonwealth Day, Oxford City Council will be joining over 850 Commonwealth flags to be flying throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the Commonwealth Countries.

The Commonwealth flag will be raised at 10am on the flag pole, corner of the Oxford Town Hall.

As the flag is raised, the Lord Mayor of Oxford Councillor Rae Humberstone will read the Commonwealth Affirmation from the foot of Carfax Tower, Oxford.

At 10.30am, the Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Rae Humberstone will host a short ceremony, lighting of a second candle in a Commemoration Act marking the Centenary of World War One as part of the flag raising event. The first candle was lit in last years’ service (2015).  The ceremony will involve the single symbolic candle being extinguished prior to a silence.  The first candle and a new one will be lit for the ensuring year.  In 2018 all four candles will be lit representing the four years of the war and how light won through the darkness.

Joining the Lord Mayor of Oxford will be the Very Reverend Bob Wilkes, City Rector, The Chair of the Oxfordshire County Council and representatives from all the Districts. There will be songs by the City Chambers Choir and a reading by the Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet, where members of the public, council staff and councillors are welcome to attend.

The Book of Peace will be on displayed during the ceremony and for one week after the ceremony in the foyer of the Town Hall for people to sign.

The Lord Mayor of Oxford, Councillor Rae Humberstone said: “I’m honoured to be taking part in this historic ceremony and hope everyone will take a moment to reflect between 10.30am and 11.00am on the sacrifices citizens of the Commonwealth took for our freedom.”

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is organised in association with The Royal Commonwealth Society and fully integrated with the annual Celebration of the Commonwealth through activities in the United Kingdom and across the Commonwealth countries involved with this family of nations of which Queen Elizabeth II is the Head.

Lord Howell, President of The Royal Commonwealth Society said

“The Royal Commonwealth Society is proud to be associated with Fly a Flag on Commonwealth Day and welcomes the flying of the Commonwealth Flag over public buildings throughout the whole Commonwealth network. Flying the Flag brings us all together in a great family of Nations, seeking to work together to help a troubled world.”

The service is expected to last about 30 minutes.