Council flies flag for Commonwealth
Release date: 14 March 2016
Photo shows Council Chairman Cllr Mark Annett unfurling the Commonwealth flag supported by Cirencester Mayor Cllr Mark Harris.
Cotswold District Council took part in today’s Commonwealth Day celebrations with a flag raising ceremony at its Trinity Road offices in Cirencester which was hosted by Council Chairman Cllr Mark Annett, accompanied by Cirencester Mayor and Member for Cirencester Abbey Ward Cllr Mark Harris.
Before the flag was raised, Cllr Annett read out a special message of good wishes from His Excellency Kamlesh Sharma, the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, which highlighted the inclusiveness of this enduring global community.
Following the ceremony, Cllr Annett commented:
“I am proud that we are one of around 850 locations across the Commonwealth where this special day is being celebrated. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, flying the flag enables participants to show appreciation for the values that the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world. It is particularly pertinent that this year’s ceremony is only a few weeks before the 90th birthday of Her Majesty the Queen, the Head of the Commonwealth.”
Kamalesh Sharma added:
“Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. Our theme this year is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’. This offers possibilities for building on work undertaken in 2015 when out theme was ‘A Young Commonwealth’. The theme for 2016 encourages understanding and further explorations of Commonwealth collaboration in fields such as gender equality and the post-2015 development goals.”