Council Celebrates Commonwealth Day

Council Celebrates Commonwealth Day

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 ‘A Connected 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 at 10am on Monday 11th March 2019.

Children from Worksop Priory Church of England Academy will join Cllr David Challinor, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council for the ceremony in Worksop with children from Bracken Lane Primary School joining Cllr Deborah Merryweather, Vice-Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council in Retford.

Councillors will read out a specially written Commonwealth Affirmation at both ceremonies, prior to the flag being raised.

Cllr David Challinor, Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, said:

“It is an honour to be part of such a special event and I am really proud that Bassetlaw will be joining people across the world in raising the Commonwealth Flag.

“Flying the flag celebrates and recognises the 53 independent countries who all come together on one day. The theme for 2019, a Connected Commonwealth, encourages collaboration to protect natural resources and the environment – particularly the ocean which connects so many member countries.”

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

Worksop, Old Market Square - attended by Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Alison Parente MBE; Chairman of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr David Challinor; Leader of Bassetlaw District Council, Cllr Simon Greaves; Canon Nicolas Spicer; and pupils from Worksop Priory C of E Academy School Choir.

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

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Last Updated on Tuesday, March 19, 2019