Flag raised to celebrate fellowship of Commonwealth nations
Celebrating Commonwealth Day
This afternoon South Holland District Council Chairman Rodney Grocock raised the blue and yellow flag outside the council offices on Priory Road in Spalding to mark Commonwealth Day.
Cllr Grocock said: "I'm delighted to be raising the flag today on behalf of South Holland District Council. In doing so, we are joining government organisations across the country in recognising the great history of the Commonwealth and a strong future. As a council, we are committed to working 'Towards a Common Future'."
The initiative is now in its fifth year, and today more than 1,000 flags have been raised at locations throughout the 53 Commonwealth countries. In the afternoon, The Queen will attend a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey and schools throughout the Commonwealth will take part in a global online debate. This year, Commonwealth Day precedes the Heads of Government Meeting when the leaders of the member countries will meet to discuss key global challenges and how to create a better future for all its 2.4 billion citizens.
Before the flag was raised, Cllr Grocock read the Commonwealth Affirmation from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, to mark the occasion. He then affirmed the council's commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter.
(left) Mr. Ben Stock, National Research Officer at the Merchant Navy Association
(middle) Councillor Rodney Grocock
(right) Mr. Ken Willows, Lincoln Regiment of Spalding