Ashfield District Council once again held a Flag Raising Ceremony, for ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’ at the Council Offices, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.
The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its fifth year, catches the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.
As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds. It also acknowledges the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.
This year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens based on foundations of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in accordance with the priorities of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in London.
The Leader of Ashfield District Council Cllr Jason Zadrozny and Vice Chairman, Councillor Anthony Brewer were joined by other dignitaries and representatives from the Kirkby in Ashfield Royal British Legion, Merchant Navy Association, Nottinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service and Commandery of King Offa.
Councillor Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Council said: “The Commonwealth aims to create strong links between rich and poor countries bringing together lots of different religious faiths and cultures with a common goal of promoting democracy and human rights.
“It is wonderful to see so many taking part in this celebration and thinking about different cultures and communities all over the world.”
Once the flag had been raised, prayers for the Commonwealth were delivered by Reverend Kevin Charles of St Wilfrids’ Church, Kirkby-in-Ashfield.