Today at 10am organisations and groups worldwide celebrated Commonwealth Day.

Now in its fifth year, the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative enables participants to reflect on the values that the Commonwealth (former British Empire) upholds.

The flag was raised in Watford and in Borehamwood - by Watford Borough Council chairman Rabi Martins outside the town hall in Watford, and Bournehall Primary School pupil Ellie-Rose McKay, in Borehamwood.

Ellie-Rose was joined by the mayor and deputy mayors of Hertsmere, Cllr's Brenda Batten and Alan Plancey.

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Cllr Brenda Batten with Cllr Alan Plancey and Ellie Rose at Hertsmere's civic offices.

Ellie-Rose was joined by classmates, family, and teachers, before the pupil took part in a competition to answer how many countries are in the Commonwealth.

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Cllr Batten said: I’m delighted that Ellie-Rose and her classmates were able to join me for this exciting occasion, and I want to thank everyone who took part in our competition.

“Our flag is one of a thousand that will be flying today around the world. It’s that thought which brings home that while the Commonwealth is diverse and huge, and encompasses many different communities and lives, its citizens are all connected in some way.” 

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Cllr Rabi Martins

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The Commonwealth is made up of 53 sovereign states working together in mutual support towards shared goals of democracy, development and respect for diversity.