Last week, it was an honour to raise the blue and yellow flag to mark Commonwealth Day outside the council offices on Priory Road in Spalding.
I was delighted to raise the flag on behalf of South Holland District Council because, 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. More than 1,000 flags were raised at locations throughout the 53 Commonwealth countries. In the afternoon, The Queen attended a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey and schools throughout the Commonwealth took 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, I read the Affirmation from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, to mark the occasion.
The Commonwealth Affirmation:
“Joining together as members of one worldwide
Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity
and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of
the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw
inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for
working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful
influence for good in the world. We affirm our commitment
to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth
Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and
understanding, and to advancing development, democracy
and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally.”
Finally, I affirmed the council’s commitment to upholding the values set out in the Charter.
The photo is of myself, as Chairman of South Holland District Council raising the flag in the presence of fellow South Holland councillors and council officers. To my left is Mr Ben Stock, National Research Officer, Merchant Navy Association and to my right is Mr. Ken Willows, Spalding’s Lincolnshire Regiment