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Tuesday 11 March 2014

Cheshire East flies the flag for Commonwealth celebration


Cheshire East Council held a ceremony today to celebrate Commonwealth Fly the Flag Day.

The Commonwealth Flag was raised outside the authority’s Westfields HQ in Sandbach at 10am today (Monday, March 10), which is Commonwealth Day.

The aim was to help support the intention to get hundreds of Commonwealth flags flown at significant, strategic and eye-catching sites across the UK and beyond. Many are expected to flutter proudly through until the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, which runs from July 23 to August 4.

The flag flying helps to celebrate the true values of the Commonwealth as an increasingly multi-cultural world seeks unity, understanding and tolerance.

Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor Michael Jones and Cheshire East Mayor Councillor Dorothy Flude led the ceremony at Westfields.

Councillor Jones said in his address: “Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity we cherish.

“We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding and to advancing development, democracy and co-operation locally, nationally and internationally.”

The gathered audience responded: “Our pledge is to support the Commonwealth, working together for a future in which there is freedom and justice and prosperity for all, with peace and understanding between peoples and nations.”

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