Council Celebrates Commonwealth Day

We marked the international celebration this week by raising the Commonwealth flag at both Worksop and Retford.

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Press Release

Bassetlaw District Council will be marking Commonwealth Day along with communities in 52 other countries as part of the international celebration, which this year spreads the message of a ‘Peace-Building Commonwealth’.

As part of a nationally co-ordinated event, Bassetlaw will be one of hundreds of Commonwealth flags that will be flown in significant, strategic and eye-catching positions across the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom and beyond on Monday 13th March 2017.

Flags will be raised in Worksop and Retford at 10am, where councillors will read out the Commonwealth Affirmation and children from Sir Edmund Hillary and Thrumpton Primary Schools will sing a specially prepared Commonwealth song.

Cllr Jim Anderson, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“I will be honoured to be in attendance at Commonwealth Day, which is a celebration of unity, respect and peace.

“As one of 52 states, the United Kingdom is united with its commonwealth family by language, history, culture and their shared values of democracyfree speech and human rights. These values are enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter and celebrated on days like today.”

Flag raising ceremonies will take place from 9.45am in the following locations:

Worksop, Old Market Square - attended by Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Brigadier Browne; Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr Jim Anderson; Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr Simon Greaves; Father Nicolas Spicer; and pupils from Sir Edmund Hillary Primary School.

Retford, Market Square – attended by Deputy Lieutenant for Nottinghamshire, Jan Richardson; Bassetlaw District Council Vice-Chairman, Cllr Madelaine Richardson; Bassetlaw District Council Deputy Leader, Cllr Jo White; Revd Sue Caddy and pupils from Thrumpton Primary School.

More information on Commonwealth day can be found at:

Published: Friday 10 March 2017