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Flag-raising ceremony held in Grantham for Commonwealth Day

The district council today supported Commonwealth Day today with a flag-raising ceremony on St Peter’s Hill, Grantham.

It is part of the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ initiative, now in its fifth year, and involved around 40 guests, including the Chairman of South Kesteven District Council, Coun George Chivers and local schools.

The event in Grantham was one of more than 1,000 flag-raising events across the world in a shared celebration of the friendship and co-operation between Commonwealth citizens of all ages.

Youngsters from Dudley House School assist with the Commonwealth Day flag-raising in Grantham (7687672)
Youngsters from Dudley House School assist with the Commonwealth Day flag-raising in Grantham (7687672)

Joining this year’s theme of A Connected Commonwealth, Coun Chivers said: “The Day now provides an annual opportunity to celebrate the contemporary role of the Commonwealth and the part it plays in world affairs.

“The countries of the Commonwealth have committed to creating and sustaining a Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous and that cherishes equality, diversity and shared values. As members of the Commonwealth family we can all seek to collaborate with others in a spirit of goodwill to build a peaceful and abundant future for all Commonwealth citizens.”

A message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, was read. It said: “Local and national flag-raising ceremonies in school yards, on village greens, in town squares, and on mountaintops and beaches, bring greater understanding and appreciation of the values and principles of the Commonwealth Charter.”

Prayers were led by Fr Stuart Cradduck, of St Wulfram’s Church. It is the third time that SKDC has supported Commonwealth Day.

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