Flying a flag for diversity and unity in Woking

04 March 2014

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To mark Commonwealth Day, The Mayor of Woking delivered a special message from Her Majesty the Queen, followed by the raising of the Commonwealth flag on top of Woking Borough Council's Civic Offices at 10am on Monday 10 March 2014, in Gloucester Square.

The flag raising ceremony is part of a nationwide calling, whereby 500 flags were provided to local authorities, community groups and charities across the country, which were all raised at 10am on Monday 10 March to mark Commonwealth Day. To celebrate this special day, the Mayor of Woking read a special Commonwealth Affirmation and recited a message from Her Majesty the Queen, as the flag was raised.

The aim of Commonwealth Day is to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and to foster greater understanding of the Commonwealth's role, enabling local communities to become involved and to become aware of the opportunities it offers to its citizens around the world.

Cllr Anne Roberts, The Mayor of Woking, said: "The significance of the flag being raised is to reiterate Woking's commitment to the Commonwealth, to reaffirm its values and to publically express our pledge to the Commonwealth. It also allows the local community to come together to celebrate unity and diversity, to mark the achievements of the union and to look to the future."

The Commonwealth is a voluntary association of 53 independent countries that subscribe to values and principles outlined in a Charter. These values focus on democracy, human rights and the rule of law and promotes peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all people of the Commonwealth.

For further information on Commonwealth Day, visit http://www.thecommonwealth.org or contact Pauline Jackson, Woking Borough Council's Mayoral and Civic Events Support Officer, on 01483 743025 or by emailing pauline.jackson@woking.gov.uk