Mayor raises the Coronation flag for His Majesty King Charles III
Councillors, Great Yarmouth Borough Council officers and members of the public joined Cllr Graham Plant, Mayor of Great Yarmouth, in a flag-raising ceremony today (Wednesday, May 3) in preparation for this weekend's Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.
As part of the ceremony, Father Tracy Williams from Great Yarmouth Minster also led a prayer.
The Coronation of His Majesty The King and Her Majesty The Queen Consort will take place at Westminster Abbey on Saturday, May 6. The service will be conducted by the Archbishop of Canterbury and is a religious service, as well as an occasion for celebration and pageantry.
Today's flag raising at Great Yarmouth Town Hall saw the Union Flag flying high as well as a special Coronation Flag created to mark the occasion. The Union Flag is the national flag of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Crown Dependencies and the Overseas Territories. It is a symbol of national unity and pride. First created in 1606 it combines the flags of England and Scotland and the present Union Flag dates from 1801.
The council are also displaying books signed by Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on their visit to the borough on August 1, 1985, and His Majesty The King Charles III, then Prince of Wales, on his visit to Great Yarmouth on July 27, 1995. The books will be on display in reception until Friday, May 12.
His Worship the Mayor said: "As we celebrate the historic occasion of the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III, it is only fitting that we also raise our Coronation Flag.
"The raising of a flag is a powerful act and represents the embodiment of a nation's ideals, its aspirations and its identity. Today, as we hoist our flag high, we reaffirm our loyalty to our beloved king and our unwavering commitment to the principles that have guided our nation throughout the ages.
"Long live the King."