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Councils Fly the Flag for Commonwealth Day

Commonwealth Flag Day 2017

Councillors and officers from Torridge District Council and Bideford Town Council gathered at Riverbank House on Monday to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

This was one of many flag raising ceremonies that took place throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and the other 52 Commonwealth Countries whose populations number almost 2.5 billion.

Now in its third year, this initiative is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, showing appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with young and old Commonwealth citizens around the world.

Vice Chairman of Torridge District Councillor John Himan marked the day by reading out an address from The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC - Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations in which she commented on this years theme "A Peace-building Commonwealth:

"A Peace-building Commonwealth reaffirms our Commonwealth Charter principles that international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all"

The flag was raised at 10 am after Councillor Himan read the Commonwealth Affirmation.

He later said:

"I am very pleased to be joined here today by the Mayor of Bideford Councillor David Howell, fellow Town and District Councillors and Council staff. Constituted by the London Declaration in 1949 the Commonwealth of Nations spans all continents, covering almost a quarter of the world in size and including a third of the world's total population. In a world of growing discord, Commonwealth Day gives us a chance to celebrate the good things about the human race - peoples from across the world who are united by language, history, culture and the shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law."

14 March 2017