County Hall in Taunton today joined locations as far and wide as Antarctica and Tristan Da Cunha in flying the flag for Commonwealth Day.
Cllr John Denbee, the Vice-Chairman of Somerset County Council, was assisted by Kane Clarke, Shannon Stacey and Isaac Young – three apprentices from County Hall – in raising the Commonwealth Flag.
The event, which was also attended by FS John Squires, Cdt Kati Lowe and CWO Nyomi Tolhurst of 41F (Taunton & District) Squadron ATC, was mirrored by more than 700 places across the Commonwealth.
These included ceremonies on top of the highest peaks in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, as well as locations ranging from Tonga and Mauritius to Uganda and the Shetland Islands. A special message of good wishes from Her Majesty The Queen was read out before each flag-raising.
Cllr Denbee said: “It was a great honour to take part in Commonwealth Day, with our own apprentices joining Heads of State and Prime Ministers in raising the flag at ceremonies around the globe.
“I’m pleased Somerset was able to play its small part in this celebration for a second year running, and my thanks to Kane, Shannon and Issac, and the Air Cadets, for taking the time to help.”