Stevenage flies the flag for Commonwealth Day

09 Mar 2015

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Sherma Batson MBE, was joined by fellow councillors, including Stevenage Borough Council leader, Councillor Sharon Taylor, representatives from the Royal British Legion, Stephen McPartland MP 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, was part of 650 flags raised in dedication of Commonwealth Day. ‘A young commonwealth’ is the theme for this year’s event which recognises the capacity, contribution and potential for young people.

Following the flag raising, Cllr Batson invited guests into the council offices to light four candles, each one representing a year in the First World War. The light from the candles symbolises the hope amongst the feeling of darkness that came over Europe a 100 years ago.

Cllr Sherma Batson said, “I’m delighted that Stevenage is part of the hundreds of flags being raised today in celebration of Commonwealth Day. Today’s flag raising is an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of commonwealth organisations.”