Flying the Flag for the Commonwealth

europeanflagThe Chairman of Somerset County Council joined Her Majesty the Queen and hundreds of local authorities and community groups to mark Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth Day today.

Cllr David Fothergill was assisted by local members of West Monkton Scout Group and Ruishton Guides in raising the Commonwealth Flag outside County Hall in Taunton.

The ceremony formed part of the largest single raising of this flag in the history of the Commonwealth.

The Queen officially ‘broke’ the flag outside Westminster Abbey and more than 500 flags were flown across the UK.

Cllr Fothergill said: “It was a great honour to take part in Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth Day, joining other communities across the world.

“There were flags flying at many locations of special significance – everywhere from Ben Nevis to Antarctica – and I’m pleased we were able to add Somerset to that list.”

His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, said: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a most imaginative way for people in local communities – wherever they live, learn or work – to join together with others throughout the Commonwealth in a spirit of respect and understanding to celebrate the variety and unmatched diversity of our global family. I welcome and commend it.

“All our citizens, particularly the young, can express appreciation for the Commonwealth and the values for which it stands as set out in the Commonwealth Charter, and the rich opportunities it offers for mutual support towards more inclusive social and more equitable economic progress.”