Commonwealth Flag raised
This morning, Bassetlaw District Council raised the Commonwealth Flag along with communities from around the world in a show of unity.
Starting in Samoa and ending in Canada, celebrations have taken place and flags were raised in 53 counties at 10am on Monday 12th March, in addition to the Commonwealth Affirmation being read.
The Council offices in Worksop and Retford are just two places where Commonwealth Day was celebrated in Bassetlaw with speeches from dignitaries and performances from local school children.
This year’s event precedes the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, when the leaders of 53 independent member countries will meet to address key global challenges and agree how to work together for the welfare and common good of its 2.4 billion citizens.
The two events are joined by the same theme ‘Towards a Common Future’. Building upon the 2017 theme of 'A Peace-Building Commonwealth', this year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.
In Worksop, the flag was raised by Bassetlaw District Council Chairman Madelaine Richardson and the Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Tom Fremantle, in the presence of Council Leader, Cllr Simon Greaves, Canon Nicholas Spicer of Worksop Priory Church, Council Chief Executive Neil Taylor, and children from Norbridge Primary School Choir.
In Retford, the flag was raised by Bassetlaw District Council Vice-Chairman Cllr David Challinor and Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire Jan Richardson, in the presence of Deputy Council Leader Cllr Jo White, Revd Susan Caddy of Retford Churches Together and children from Ordsall Primary School Choir.