Raising the Flag – Burnley College Collaborator Gets Commonwealth Honour
Congratulations to friend of Burnley College, Royal Marine and all-round environmental hero Matt Mason!
He’s been invited to raise the flag alongside the Tri-Services team at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony tonight (28 July).
It’ll be screened on BBC One from 7pm and Prince Charles will be there to share a message from the Queen.
Matt is a hugely inspirational figure and worked closely with Burnley College as part of the Ocean Revival project – dubbed “The World’s Most Dangerous Row…”
It saw him and his team row 3,700 miles from Brooklyn Bridge, New York to Tower Bridge in London to collect data and raise awareness about plastic pollution in our oceans.
Matt says he so proud of his team and is delighted they’ve been asked to represent our country at such a prestigious sporting event:
“Final rehearsals have been completed – just before Duran Duran came out and did their set! Brasses and boots have been polished and uniforms pressed.
“It’s a real privilege for to be asked – now not to forget how to march in front of 1 billion people!”