Stevenage flies the flag for Commonwealth Day

13 Mar 2017

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor John Lloyd CC, was joined by fellow councillors, representatives from the Royal British Legion, and local community groups to raise the Commonwealth flag at Daneshill House today.

The event, which took place at 10am this morning outside the council offices, marked Commonwealth Day. During the day 850 flags were raised in Commonwealth nations across the world. 'A Peace-building Commonwealth' was the theme for this year’s event which reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that “international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.”

Following the flag raising, Councillor Lloyd CC invited guests into the council offices for the lighting of a third candle to mark the Centenary of World War One. The second candle was lit in last years’ service and in 2018 all four candles will be lit to represent the four years of the war and how light won through the darkness.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Lloyd CC, said: “It is an honour for us in Stevenage to raise one of the hundreds of flags across the country in celebration of Commonwealth Day. Stevenage has a strong community spirit that shares the values of the Commonwealth so the flag raising was a good opportunity for us to come together and be thankful for the society we live in today.”