Merton to join in Commonwealth celebrations

Merton will mark Commonwealth Day with a flag raising ceremony from 9.50am, Monday 10 March outside the Civic Centre, Morden.

This year, for the first time ever, local authorities, community groups and charities across the country are taking part in local flag raising events. All the flags will be raised at 10am and residents are invited to attend the ceremony and dress up in Commonwealth costumes representing their countries.

A specially written Commonwealth affirmation will be read out by the Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller. Children from local primary schools will also be taking part in the event. As an added bonus, a local bagpipe player Pipe Major Tony Kelly will play before and after the flag is raised to mark this year’s Commonwealth Games taking place in Glasgow.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor Krystal Miller said: “Merton is fortunate to have residents with links with many Commonwealth nations. I invite everyone who can to come and take part in our borough’s celebration.”