Wolverhampton will be flying the Commonwealth Flag to mark Commonwealth Day 2016 next Monday (14 March).

More than 850 flags will be raised by councils and community groups throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries on Commonwealth Day - a shared celebration of an amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.

The flag will be raised on the piazza outside the Civic Centre at 10am by the Mayor of Wolverhampton Councillor Ian Brookfield and the Managing Director of the City of Wolverhampton Council, Keith Ireland.

Mayor Councillor Brookfield said: "I am delighted that we will be joining this global expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

"It will enable us to show our appreciation for the values that the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities it offers for friendship and cooperation with fellow citizens around the world.

"As a nation, we will also be celebrating Her Majesty The Queen's 90th Birthday this year, and as she is its Head, this will be a special occasion for the Commonwealth too."

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth said: "Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities - wherever they live, learn or work - to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family."

  • released: Tuesday 8 March, 2016