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Commonwealth Day - Flag Raising Ceremony, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth

The High Commission participated in a Flag Raising Ceremony at Guildhall Square in Portsmouth on Monday 10 March 2014.

Monday's event was part of a national initiative known as 'Fly A Flag for the Commonwealth' which saw over 500 flags being raised across the UK to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

The event was attended by the Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire; the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth; Representatives from the Commonwealth High Commissions in London; Councillors; local community groups; and local school children. 

Guests enjoyed cultural performances by the Portsmouth Bengali Community Association; the Portsmouth Music Hub Choir; the Africapella Choir; the Prithvi Youth Dance Company; and the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir.

Armed Forces from those Commonwealth nations which played a key role in the D-Day landings and First World War were also recognised at Monday's ceremony. 

The High Commission was represented by Mr. Mike Guy, Second Secretary/Vice Consul, and he is pictured  below with the Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Lynne Stagg.



The Bahamas' flag was paraded into Guildhall Square by student council representatives from the Priory School in Portsmouth. The students; Ethan O'Mara and Melissa O'Leary (Year 10), Toby Phillips and Angel Wilson (Year 9), were accompanied by Assistant Headteacher Lorraine Hart.

Portsmouth is the second largest city in Hampshire on the south coast of England. As a significant naval port for centuries, Portsmouth is home to the world's oldest dry dock still in use and also home to some famous ships, including HMS Warrior, the Tudor carrack Mary Rose and Lord Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. Portsmouth also serves as the base for the Royal Navy and Royal Marine Commandos whose Headquarters resides there.