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Portsmouth will raise the Commonwealth Flag in Guildhall Square on Monday [13 March] as part of international celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day. 

The event, now in its fourth year, will be attended by civic VIPs, representatives from Commonwealth countries, councillors and invited guests. Residents are very welcome to attend. 

It will start at 9.55am and last about 15 minutes, at the flagpoles in front of the Civic Offices, Guildhall Square. 

Proceedings will start with a reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation and the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10am by the Leader of Portsmouth City Council, Cllr Donna Jones, and the Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Cllr David Fuller. 

Following the flag raising, the Lord Mayor will give a short speech followed by a reading by local resident Marie Costa, representing Nigeria, on her experiences of the Commonwealth. 

The flag will be one of more than 730 raised throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, the Isle of Man, UK overseas territories and Commonwealth countries.

This event is part of an international initiative to celebrate the value of the Commonwealth in promoting inclusiveness and diversity and uniting a family of nations for tolerance, unity and peace.