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WC flies the flag for the Commonwealth

March 12, 2018 2:56 PM

The Commonwealth flag was raised at County Hall, Trowbridge, today (12 March) as part of an international celebration of the family of 53 nations who make up the Commonwealth.

Around the UK, and in many other countries around the world, 1,000 Commonwealth flags were raised at 10am to mark 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth'. Wiltshire Council has always supported the event, which is now in its fourth year.

The initiative enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with Commonwealth citizens around the world.

Wiltshire Council Chairman Allison Bucknell read a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, Patricia Scotland, before raising the flag outside County Hall. Deputy Lieutenant Chris Mullard read a message from the Queen and the specially written Commonwealth affirmation, which celebrates the ties and affinity of the Commonwealth.

Cllr Bucknell said: "We are part of a worldwide family of nations united in a common purpose and this is an important day, when we join with thousands in this special moment to celebrate the diversity and opportunities created by the Commonwealth."

Patricia Scotland said: "Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation. By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all."

Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day and this year the theme is 'Towards a Common Future'. More information is available at