Cheshire East Council today held a ceremony to mark Commonwealth Fly the Flag Day.
The Commonwealth flag was raised outside the authority’s Westfields HQ in Sandbach at 11am today (March 9), which is Commonwealth Day.
It was in support of efforts to get hundreds of Commonwealth flags flown at significant, strategic and eye-catching sites across the UK and beyond.
The flag flying helps to celebrate the true values of the Commonwealth as an increasingly multi-cultural world seeks unity, understanding and tolerance.
Deputy Leader of Cheshire East Council Councillor David Brown led the ceremony at Westfields.
Cllr Brown 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 today as a visual symbol of the strong 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 cooperation 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.”