Commonwealth flag flies proundly above Civic Offices

12 March 2018

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To mark Commonwealth Day, Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster, delivered a special message followed by the raising of the Commonwealth Flag above the Civic Offices at 10am, Monday 12 March 2018.

The ceremony is part of an international event that will see more than 850 flags raised in locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries to mark Commonwealth Day.

The aim of Commonwealth Day is to celebrate the unity, diversity and linkages of the modern Commonwealth and 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.

Speaking ahead of Commonwealth Day, Deputy Mayor of Woking, Cllr Will Forster, said: "Commonwealth Day is an opportunity to celebrate our special union that spans the globe. It also allows local communities to come together to celebrate unity and diversity, to mark the achievements of the union and publicly express our pledge to the Commonwealth."

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, the rule of law and promotes peace and prosperity to improve the lives of all people of the Commonwealth.