13/03/2017: Flying the Commonwealth Flag

13 March 2017

At 10am today, Breckland Council Chairman Bill Borrett raised the Commonwealth flag outside the Breckland Council offices in Dereham. This is part of an annual initiative to mark Commonwealth Day, in which hundreds of local authorities, charities and community groups throughout the Commonwealth participate.

Now in its fourth year, the popularity of the flag-raising initiative continues to grow, attracting around 100 new participants annually. This year, young members of the United Kingdom Army Cadet Force will raise the Commonwealth flag at the top of the highest peaks in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many hundreds of organisations and individuals are taking part and it is anticipated that over 950 Commonwealth flags will be raised. 

The flag-raising at Elizabeth House was attended by Breckland councillors and senior management, and the Commonwealth affirmation was read by Cllr Borrett before the flag was raised. 

Cllr Borrett said: "The theme of Commonwealth Day this year, 'A Peace-building Commonwealth', is particularly appropriate at this time, and I am proud to join hundreds of others in reading the affirmation today, marking the fellowship and celebrating the diversity of 52 nations, united by history, culture and the shared values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter"

The Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honorable Patricia Scotland QC said of the event: "At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members. 'A Peace-building Commonwealth' is a natural follow-on from our previous theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth', and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all."