Broxtowe flies the flag for Commonwealth day

Mayor of the Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Dr Peter Barrett CBE and pupils from Round Hill School

Mayor of the Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Dr Peter Barrett CBE and pupils from Round Hill School

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Broxtowe joined communities around the world for a special Fly a Flag for Commonwealth Day ceremony.

The ceremony yesterday (Monday, March 9) marked the second national celebrations of ... , held at Beeston Town Hall,Foster Avenue.

Mayor of the Borough of Broxtowe, Councillor Stan Heptinstall MBE joined by Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Dr Peter Barrett CBE and pupils from Round Hill School, Beeston, to raise the Commonwealth flag and read out the Commonwealth Affirmation.

Mayor Heptinstall said he was delighted by the dceremony which was attended by around 70 people.

He added: “It was a superb event. We had six school children help us raise the flag. They all represented the commonwealth – having each originally come from Ghana, Sri Lanka, India and Australia.

“We read a message from the Queen and I read out the affirmation of our allegience to the Commonwealth as a force for good.

The Commonwealth flag was one of over 650 from local authorities, civic dignitaries and community groups to be raised simultaneously from 38 Commonwealth countries.

Commonwealth Day aims to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations to improve the lives of citizens.

The theme this year was A Young Commonwealth to recognise the capacity, contribution and potential of young people who play a vital role at the heart of sustainable development and democracy.

Commonwealth Flags were also be flown by Air Cadets in each of the six Regions of the Air Training Corps.

Flags were flown yesterday at significant locations across the counry and the commonwealth

Read more at www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk.