The High Sheriff visited Solihull this morning to attend the Fly The Flag for the Commonwealth ceremony. Across the Midlands Fly the Flag events were held to recognise and celebrate the 53 country network that is the Commonwealth. The mayor of Solihull Glenis Slater led the proceedings and introduced David Bradnock DL to read a message from the Queen and the High Sheriff who read a letter from the Commonwealth Secretary General Karmalesh Sharma to all those celebrating Commonwealth day. The theme is one of an inclusive commonwealth. See letter below.
On the Council House roof the flag was readied and the procession of MP’s, MEP’s, Council CEO, members, officers and Baroness Burt awaited the signal to raise the flag. Super Solihull Mayoral Assistant Elaine handed her phone to young Georgia to request the flag to be unfurled and raised. Georgia was the winner of the Mayor’s Art Competition to make a picture or poem to celebrate the day and attended with her family and school teacher from George Fentham School in Hampton in Arden. The picture was very detailed with all 53 flags surrounding the central Commonwealth flag and highlighted the message of Diversity, Equality and Friendship. Georgia has spent many hours at school and at home creating the picture and the framed version will be hung in her school – congratulations.