Flying the flag for the Commonwealth

Provost Carmichael hoists the flag as the Lord Lieutenant looks on.
Provost Carmichael hoists the flag as the Lord Lieutenant looks on.

GLASGOW city and East Renfrewshire councils were among those who hoisted the Commonwealth flag on Monday at 10am.

It was the local authorities’ way of marking Commonwealth Day and the flag flew until midnight.

Flags were taken to the top of the UK’s four highest peaks by four charities — Help for Heroes (Ben Nevis in Scotland), Walking with the Wounded (Mount Snowden in Wales), Cancer Research UK (Scafell Pike in England) and Fields of Life (Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland).

Lord Provost Sadie Docherty said: “Commonwealth Day has a special significance this year as the city prepares for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games which is shaping up to be the greatest sporting event in our history.

“Our city is proud of its Commonwealth links and we will be welcoming sportsmen and women from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories to compete.

“We are looking forward to strengthening our friendships with our Commonwealth cousins and the raising of the Commonwealth Flag demonstrates our commitment to the Commonwealth.”

Meanwhile, in East Renfrewshire, provost Alastair Carmichael received the flag from the Lord Lieutenant of Renfrewshire Guy Clark and said: “Fly a Flag is an opportunity for each of us to mark Commonwealth Day, wherever we may be, and to consider at the same time the personal and communal contributions we can make towards shaping the future we share.

“All of us can find mutual enrichment through establishing links with others across the full spectrum of 53 Commonwealth countries.”

In all, throughout the UK 500 flags were hoisted.