The Commonwealth flag has been raised by Wychavon District Council as part of a ceremony of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day 2019.

As the flag was raised outside the Civic Centre in Pershore last week, it became one of more than 1,000 other Commonwealth flags being raised in the Commonwealth countries around the world.

Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the values of peace, democracy and equality that the Commonwealth stands for.

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth and the theme ‘A Connected Commonwealth’ celebrates the co-operation of nations working together in friendship and goodwill.

Before the flag was raised, Councillor Tony Rowley, Chairman of Wychavon District Council read out a special Commonwealth Affirmation alongside a number of civic dignitaries.

Cllr Tony Rowley, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: "Every year this day encourages people from all walks of life across the globe to interact with each other in order to build a more strongly connected Commonwealth that is mutually respectful, resilient, peaceful and prosperous.”

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