Local people represent competing nations as Mayor and Lord Mayor host flag-raising ceremony

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, and the new Lord Mayor, Cllr Jos Clark, joined citizens to celebrate Bristol’s Global City status and welcome international visitors this morning ahead of the hosting of three ICC men’s Cricket World Cup matches at the County Ground, starting on Saturday.

Local representatives with connections to each of the 10 competing nations – Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, West Indies, India, South Africa and England – attended a flag-raising ceremony outside City Hall ahead of the tournament, which gets under way on Thursday with England taking on South Africa at the Oval in London.

Bristol hosts the first of a trio of games on Saturday (1 June), as reigning champions Australia take on Afghanistan, and this morning’s ceremony saw the Lord Mayor, Lord Mayor’s Sword Bearer and Mayor lead a procession from City Hall before the tournament flag was hoisted by members of Bristol’s youth council to fly alongside the flags of the competing nations in front of the building on College Green.

Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees, thanked the attending representatives of the competing countries and said: “Hosting three men’s ICC Cricket World Cup tournament matches next month is another landmark achievement for this city and a reminder of the priority we place on sport, not just as a means to connect globally but to celebrate the inclusiveness of Bristol.

“Bristol was named as a European City of Sport for 2017 because of our sporting facilities, level of participation, success of local teams and sporting events and our Bristol Active City website continues to promote the benefits of sport.

“Our proud cultural and sporting history is a core contributor to the ongoing success of the city and to making Bristol a better place to live, with our ‘City of Openness, Imagination and Originators’ strategy setting out our ambitions to ensure that every citizen should be able to participate in and benefit from the city’s cultural and sporting life.’’

Formally extending the city’s welcome to all teams, supporters and spectators, Lord Mayor of Bristol, Cllr Jos Clark, said: “We are delighted that Bristol is hosting matches in the ICC men’s Cricket World Cup and are pleased to welcome supporters from around the world to celebrate the tournament with us.

“We hope the three games taking place here during the course of the next two weeks will be an opportunity for the city’s diverse communities and visitors to enjoy world-class sport together.’’