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Commonwealth Day marked in Boston

Boston Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny joined colleagues from Antarctica's frozen wastes to the summit of Ben Nevis at precisely 10am on Monday (March 10) when he raised the Commonwealth flag.

The mass flag raising was observed at Municipal Buildings in West Street, Boston, at the same time as 499 other locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to mark Commonwealth Day.

A specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation was read out by Cllr Kenny, before the raising of the flag.

It was the first time that local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the British Isles had taken part in local flag-raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day allowing for a widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

Charity teams marked the day by taking Commonwealth flags to the top of the UK's four highest national peaks and used the occasion to raise funds 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 were also flown at many locations of special significance including the four most distant points of the compass in England, Wales and Scotland.

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Mayor of Boston Cllr Paul Kenny who raised the Commonwealth Flag in Boston on Monday, Commonwealth Day