Stevenage flies the flag for Commonwealth Day

14 Mar 2016

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Howard Burrell, 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, marked Commonwealth Day. During the day 850 flags were raised in Commonwealth nations across the world. ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ is the theme for this year’s event which celebrates the core belief and diversity of a Commonwealth of more than two billion people.

Following the flag raising, Cllr Burrell invited guests into the council offices for the lighting of a second candle to mark the Centenary of World War One. The first 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.

Cllr Howard Burrell said: “Today’s event is an opportunity for communities to celebrate Commonwealth Day and the shared goals of democracy, development and respect for diversity. We have a strong community in Stevenage so I am pleased that we are part of the hundreds of flags being raised today in celebration of Commonwealth Day.”