VIDEO: Flag raised in Grantham to mark Commonwealth Day

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A flag was raised this morning in Grantham at a special ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth flag was raised outside the offices of South Kesteven District Council in one of numerous ceremonies being held around the world. This was the second such ceremony held in South Kesteven following last year’s ceremony.

Dignitaries attend the Commonwealth Day ceremony outside the South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham. Photo: 0308A

Dignitaries attend the Commonwealth Day ceremony outside the South Kesteven District Council offices in Grantham. Photo: 0308A

The event is designed to allow people to show their appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.

During the Grantham ceremony, vice-chairman of the district council Ray Wootten read out messages from The Queen and the Secretary General of the Commonwealth. Then the chairman of the district council Coun Reg Howard read out a Commonwealth affirmation which was followed by a response spoken by all those attending the ceremony.

Among those attending the ceremony were the Mayor and Mayoress of Grantham, Coun Ian Selby and Mrs Anita Selby, Deputy Mayor Coun Bruce Wells, leader of the council Coun Linda Neal and Chief Executive of SKDC Beverly Agass.

The words of the response at the ceremony are: “Our pledge is to support the Commonwealth, working together for a future in which there is freedom and justice and prosperity for all, with peace and understanding between peoples and nations.”