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Council marks Commonwealth Day

Published
13.03.2017

Gloucestershire County Council is flying the flag over Shire Hall today to celebrate the annual Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth.

Fifty-two countries around the world will be joining to celebrate Commonwealth Day and promote the shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

This year’s theme is ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ and to mark the day a baton will set out from Buckingham Palace and begin a twelve months journey around the world.

The baton will be carried by people of all ages and backgrounds and inside it is a written message from Her Majesty the Queen. The baton will be opened and the message read out at the opening of the Commonwealth Games in Australia next year.

Cllr Colin Hay, Chairman of Gloucestershire County Council, raised the Commonwealth flag over Shire Hall this morning and said: “The day provides an opportunity for 52 countries to come together to promote the Commonwealth’s shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association’s rich diversity.

“Gloucestershire businesses have a long history of trading with the Commonwealth and the county had a tradition of welcoming people from these countries who have made their homes in Gloucestershire.”

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