Commonwealth flag raising events held in Watford and Bushey

Watford Observer: Commonwealth flag raising events held in Watford and Bushey Commonwealth flag raising events held in Watford and Bushey

More than 500 councils, charities and community groups, including some from Hertfordshire, took part in Commonwealth Day celebrations today by holding flag-raising ceremonies.

The event - the largest single raising of the Commonwealth flag in history - saw residents around the world affirming their support for values shared by the organisation’s 53 member countries.

At Watford Town Hall, Councillor George Derbyshire, vice chairman of Watford Borough Council, raised The Commonwealth flag. A newly written Commonwealth Affirmation was read out, together with a message from Her Majesty The Queen.

Another event took place at Hertsmere Borough Council’s offices. Edan Phillips, from Hartsbourne School in Bushey, correctly named all 53 Commonwealth flags as part of a competition held by Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Paul Morris OBE.

The nine year old helped raise the flag at the ceremony this morning.

Councillor Morris said: "This is the first time Hertsmere has held celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day and having local schoolchildren join me to help lead the ceremony made it even more special."

As part of nationwide celebrations flags have been raised across the country to mark the commitment to the Commonwealth, to show appreciation of its values and the opportunities it offers to citizens around the world.

At the event the mayor read a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation before raising the Commonwealth Flag.

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries - including the UK.

The Commonwealth includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, spanning five regions. Thirty-one of its members are small states, many of them island nations.

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3:25pm Tue 11 Mar 14

vickyt34 says...

A story even Phil Cox can support.
A story even Phil Cox can support. vickyt34
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8:20pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Nascot says...

vickyt34 wrote:
A story even Phil Cox can support.
Silent though.....
[quote][p][bold]vickyt34[/bold] wrote: A story even Phil Cox can support.[/p][/quote]Silent though..... Nascot
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1:59pm Wed 12 Mar 14

garston tony says...

We hear about the Commonwealth every now and then on the news etc, and of course there are the games later this year but I wonder - especially amongst the younger people - how much people actually know about it and what, if any, benefits we get from it.

A commonwealth day is all well and good but maybe it might be nice to have some information about it too? I know people can search it out if they like but in this day and age spoon feeding it, in bite sized chunks, appears to be the way to do things.

Otherwise I think that events like this lose all relevance to many
We hear about the Commonwealth every now and then on the news etc, and of course there are the games later this year but I wonder - especially amongst the younger people - how much people actually know about it and what, if any, benefits we get from it. A commonwealth day is all well and good but maybe it might be nice to have some information about it too? I know people can search it out if they like but in this day and age spoon feeding it, in bite sized chunks, appears to be the way to do things. Otherwise I think that events like this lose all relevance to many garston tony
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