Wolverhampton will be celebrating its links with Canada by marking Canada Day on Monday 1 July, 2013. It is thought to be the only UK city outside London to be doing so.

Wolverhampton City Council's All Party Canada Group has arranged for the Canadian flag to fly over the Civic Centre and visitors will be invited to sign a book of commemoration.

The Group's organiser, Canadian-born Councillor Phil Bateman MBE, believed Wolverhampton was the only city in England to be marking the day. "Canada is one of the great democracies and trading nations of the world and here in Wolverhampton we recognise the benefits to our city's culture and trade of forging closer links. We're delighted to mark this day by showing our friendship and commitment to a country we admire."

The city enjoys trading links with construction and advanced engineering sectors through Wolverhampton-based companies Carillion and UTC.

The marking of the day follows the visit to the city earlier this year by the Canadian High Commissioner Gordon Campbell who met leaders of the council, university and local and regional businesses. As a result of that visit, the High Commissioner will return to the city in September to the Canada Show hosted by the Black Country Chamber.

  • released: Friday 21 June, 2013