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Monday, 10 March 2014

South Ayrshire Provost flies flag for the Commonwealth

Provost Helen Moonie led South Ayrshire’s participation in the largest, single raising of the Commonwealth Flag to mark Commonwealth Day in Ayr today (Monday 10 March).

[Pictured: Provost Moonie (wearing chain of office) with Honorary Consul-General of Ghana Dr Charles Aryiku (to her left), Depute Lord Lieutenant John Dalrymple-Hamilton (to the right) and pupils from Ayr Grammar Primary.]

Commonwealth Day is the annual celebration of the Commonwealth of Nations; however, 2014 marks the first time ever local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles have taken part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication.

Charity teams are marking the day by taking Commonwealth Flags to the top of the UK’s four highest National Peaks, using the occasion to raise funds and profile for their worthy causes: Cancer Research UK – Scafell Pike, England; Help for Heroes – Ben Nevis, Scotland; Walking with the Wounded – Mount Snowdon, Wales; and Fields of Life – Slieve Donard, Northern Ireland.

Commonwealth Flags are also being flown at many locations of special significance including Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly inhabited island in Scotland; the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula; and at the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as King Edward Point and Bird Island in South Georgia.

[Pictured: Provost Moonie raises the 
South Ayrshire Commonwealth Flag.]

South Ayrshire’s Commonwealth Flag – which was presented to Provost Moonie by Lord Lieutenant John Duncan last month – was raised in the St Germain-en-Laye gardens in Ayr in front of Councillors, guests and pupils from Ayr Grammar Primary. 

Also in attendance was the Honorary Consul-General of Ghana – Dr Charles Aryiku, who lives in Ayr. Ghana is one of South Ayrshire’s second teams for the 2014 Commonwealth Games alongside Kiribati (an island nation in the Pacific Ocean).

Before the Commonwealth Flag was raised, a special message from Her Majesty The Queen was read out by the Depute Lord Lieutenant John Dalrymple-Hamilton to those in attendance.

Provost Moonie then invited guests to join her in delivering the Commonwealth Affirmation before raising the Commonwealth Flag.

[Pictured: Depute Lord Lieutenant John Dalrymple-Hamilton, Provost Moonie and Honorary Consul-General of Ghana Dr Charles Aryiku with guests at the flag-raising ceremony including Ayr Grammar Primary pupils who made their own Commonwealth country flags for the occasion.]

Speaking after the flag-raising, Provost Moonie said: “The Commonwealth Flag is a reminder that we are part of a global family – one where we can all learn from each other, sharing ideas, cultures and values. That’s really what the Commonwealth is all about – promoting and encouraging tolerance, respect and understanding. These are values that make a difference to us all.

“We are a wealth of nations, cultures, peoples and values – each with something to offer and share with the others and the Commonwealth Flag is a very visual reminder of that. We should celebrate that not just on Commonwealth Day, but every day.”

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