Commonwealth Flag raised at council headquarters

13 March 2017

The Commonwealth Flag was raised outside Newark and Sherwood District Council’s headquarters Kelham Hall today as part of an international celebration of Commonwealth Day.

The council’s chairman Councillor Tony Roberts (pictured below) performed the ceremony before representatives of the authority, councillors and Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Mark Goldby.

Council External Communications apprentice Olivia Davis read out the Commonwealth Affirmation which said: "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.

The gathering responded with the words: “Our pledge is to support the Commonwealth, working together for a future in which there is freedom and justice and prosperity for all, with peace and understanding between peoples and nations.”

In a message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General, the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC,  which was read on her behalf by Mr Goldby, she said:  "Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth provides a splendid opportunity every year for people  from all walks of life to join in ‌their local community to celebrate Commonwealth Day in association with fellow citizens throughout our worldwide family."

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