Watford flying for the flag for the Commonwealth

Watford Borough Council joined organisations and groups worldwide at 10am on Monday 9 March to celebrate Commonwealth Day as part of the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' initiative.

Now in its 6th year, the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, has caught the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life. As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens of all ages around the world.

The flag raised by the Chairman of Watford Borough Council, Cllr Asif Khan, at the Town Hall was one of more than a thousand hoisted by groups as diverse as local authorities, charities, Sea and Air Cadets, scout and guide groups, ex-Servicemen and major shipping lines in a shared celebration of this amazing family of nations that encompasses the globe.

Cllr Asif Khan said, “It is important that we celebrate the shared history, cultural links and people from the Commonwealth. Watford is enriched by its diversity from the Commonwealth, Europe and the wider world. It is something that we can be proud of and makes our town stronger.”

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said: “Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth has swiftly become well-established as an imaginative annual demonstration of Commonwealth connection. It provides a splendid opportunity every year for people from all walks of life to join with others in their local community to celebrate Commonwealth Day in association with fellow citizens throughout our worldwide family.

“Together we number over 2.4 billion people, a third of the world’s population. Each of us has something very special to offer, and as Commonwealth citizens we gain and draw benefit from vast interconnected networks of mutual support and collaboration.