Monmouthshire County Council joined other local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities throughout the United Kingdom to take part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day on Monday March 11th.

At 10am in the grounds of County Hall, the Chairman Councillor Peter Clarke led a ceremony to celebrate the union of 57 nations across the world and read a message from Patricia Scotland, the Commonwealth Secretary General. The Secretary General’s message highlighted that the occasion acknowledged publicly and collectively the continuing aspiration of the Commonwealth to build on common traditions and uphold shared values of democracy, inclusive development and respect for diversity.

Councillor Clarke then raised the flag. Councillor Paul Jordan, Monmouthshire’s cabinet member for governance read the Commonwealth affirmation while the Rev. Malcolm Lane led prayers.

Attending were:

• Murray Kerr – Deputy Lord Lieutenant
• Nick Ramsay AM
• Mayors of Chepstow Town Council, Caldicot Town Council and Monmouth Town Council
• Mayor and Consort, Usk Town Council
• Chairs of St Arvans Community Council and Rogiet Community Council
• Helen Morgan, Head of School for Land-based Courses and Sport at Coleg Gwent’s Usk Campus with students representing Coleg Gwent
• Representatives from Gwent Police and GAVO
• Monmouthshire County Council councillors and staff

Further information can be found at the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth website: http://www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk/