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Flying the Flag for the Commonwealth
Two Lake District visitor attractions are going to be part of history in the making on Monday March 10, when Commonwealth Day is marked by the raising of 500 Commonwealth flags around the UK and in the Channel Islands and Isle of Man.
The ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’
The Ullswater ‘Steamers’
The Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway’s flag will be raised at exactly the same time at Ravenglass Station by two children chosen from the local Waberthwaite Primary School.
These two flags will be part of the 500 raised across the country that day.
Lake District Estates runs both Ullswater ‘Steamers’
Its Chief Executive, Jim Walker, says, ‘We are honoured to have been selected to fly two of the Commonwealth flags and believe we certainly fit the criteria for this initiative, which stipulated that flags should be raised in significant, strategic and eye-catching locations. Both of our attractions boast stunning natural backdrops, and so will provide a stunning setting for the ceremony.
“We welcome visitors each year from across the Commonwealth, so hope that our flags will have special significance for these overseas visitors, who are increasingly exploring the quieter areas of the Lake District. As a family owned company we are proud of the warm welcome we offer all our passengers and are delighted to have the opportunity of highlighting the tourism industry’s role in doing this in Cumbria.
Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway