South Holland District Council chairman Rodney Grocock raised the blue and yellow flag outside the council offices on Priory Road in Spalding yesterday (Monday) to mark Commonwealth Day.
Coun Grocock said: “I’m delighted to be raising the flag today on behalf of South Holland District Council. In doing so, we are joining government organisations across the country in recognising the great history of the Commonwealth and a strong future. As a council, we are committed to working ‘Towards a Common Future’.”
The initiative is now in its fifth year, and yesterday more than 1,000 flags were raised at locations throughout the 53 Commonwealth countries. In the afternoon, The Queen attended a multi-faith service in Westminster Abbey and schools throughout the Commonwealth took part in a global online debate.
This year, Commonwealth Day preceded the Heads of Government Meeting when the leaders of the member countries 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, Coun Grocock read the Commonwealth Affirmation from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, to mark the occasion. He then affirmed the council’s commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter.