12/03/18: Flag raised to celebrate fellowship of Commonwealth nations

Commonwealth flag raising 2018This morning at 10am Breckland Council Chairman Kate Millbank raised the blue and yellow flag outside Elizabeth House in Dereham to mark Commonwealth Day and celebrate the fellowship and diversity of its 53 member nations.

Cllr Millbank said: "This initiative continues to grow every year and has caught the imagination of people from all walks of life. By joining others in raising and flying the flag today we are participating in a shared celebration of this family of nations which encompasses the globe, and recommitting to working towards the 2018 theme - 'Towards a Common Future'."

The initiative is now in its fifth year, and today more than 1,000 flags have been raised at locations throughout the 53 Commonwealth countries. In the afternoon, The Queen will attend a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey and schools throughout the Commonwealth will take part in a global online debate.

This year, Commonwealth Day precedes the Heads of Government Meeting when the leaders of the member countries will meet to discuss key global challenges and how to create a better future for all its 2.4 billion citizens.

Before the flag was raised, Cllr Millbank read a message sent by the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, to mark the occasion. She then affirmed the Council's commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter.