(TibetanReview.net, Sep05, 2018) – A borough in UK’s capital London has on Sep 2 raised the Tibetan national flag for the first time in its history to honour the exile Tibetans on their 58th Democracy Day. Among the more than 80 people who took part in the ceremony were stated to be the Mayor, Councillor Sally Littlejohn of the Waltham Forest Town Hall of East London; Leader of Waltham Forest Council Clare Coghill; local Councillor Kastriot Berberi, and officials of the Council.
The solemn raising of the Tibetan national Flag on the flag pole outside the grand Town Hall was accompanied by the singing of the Tibetan national anthem, an event of emotional historicity to the gathered Tibetans.
The event was hosted by local Councillor Kastriot Berberi who delivered the welcome address. Sally Littlejohn has expressed happiness to see so many Tibetans present for the ceremony and wished them all on the occasion of Tibetan Democracy Day.
Clare Coghill has revealed that Waltham Forest was awarded the first London Borough of Culture in 2019. And she has pointed to the richness and diversity of the Borough and cited the example of Tibetans and their culture, which she hoped would add to the celebrations.
Outgoing London-based Representative of the Central Tibetan Administration for the UK, Northern Europe, Baltic States and Poland, Mr Chonpel Tsering, delivered the concluding address.
After the flag-raising event concluded, the Mayor invited everyone inside to the Council Chamber for another round of formal ceremony.