The Commonwealth Flag has been raised and is flying high over Ryde this morning (Monday).
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Local army cadets joined Mayor of Ryde Henry Adams, and Chair of the Isle of Wight Council Councillor Lora Peacey-Wilcox in the town’s Eastern Gardens to mark Commonwealth Day this morning.
The distinctive blue and yellow flag was risen shortly after a series of prayers, and the reading of the Queen’s speech by Deputy Lieutenant John Matthews.
John told Isle of Wight Radio:
“This is almost certainly my last official function as deputy lieutenant. It brings back many nostalgic memories – I was brought up in Ryde. I maintain a great affection for everything that Ryde Stands for.”
Mayor Henry Adams said:
“Ryde has been honoured to host the raising for Commonwealth Day today. It’s my privilege to be here to day with the guests. The rain kept off so it’s been a lovely morning and I’m very proud to be here hosting it. It means a lot for Ryde, I know Newport is the capital of the Island but in my mind there’s no other town on the Isle of Wight – Ryde is the town. It couldn’t be in a better place, this flag pole.”
WATCH: The raising of the Commonwealth Flag in Ryde