Mayor Bill Kennedy raised the Commonwealth Flag at Council Headquarters in Riada House as more than 730 Commonwealth Flags were raised in locations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries on Monday 9 March – Commonwealth Day 2015. Mayor Kennedy read the special message from Her Majesty The Queen and a message from the Commonweath Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma.
For the first time in maritime history, the Commonwealth Flag was raised onboard all ships belonging to the fleets of the world’s leading cruise lines, P&O & Cunard Line. This unique initiative, now in its second year, has caught the imagination of thousands of participants, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation.
In an imaginative partnership charity teams from ‘Fields of Life’ marked the day by taking the Commonwealth Flag to the tops of the four highest national peaks of the United Kingdom: Scafell Pike in England; Ben Nevis in Scotland; Mount Snowdon in Wales; and Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.