Flags flying across Norfolk and Suffolk to mark Commonwealth Day
- Credit: Eastern Daily Press � 2015
Commonwealth flags are flying on town halls across Norfolk and Suffolk
The flag flying is to mark Commonwealth Day, which is held on the second Monday in March each year.
It is a celebration of the 52 countries which make up the Commonwealth - which was founded in December 1931.
At Broadland District Council, the council's chairman John Ward raised the flag over the council offices.
As part of the flag-raising, the chairman also read the Commonwealth affirmation to council staff and members.
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The Commonwealth Flag was proudly flying at Great Yarmouth Town Hall to as part of the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative.
The flag was hoisted by Malcolm Bird, the mayor of the Great Yarmouth borough, with help from the mayoress, Donna Bird, and Major Paul Dodson, of 901 Troop Marine Cadets, T.S. Fearless.
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The fly the flag initiative has been organised by Bruno Peek, of Gorleston.
In Dereham, the flag was raised outside the Breckland Council offices by the authority's chairman Bill Borrett.
The flag-raising at Elizabeth House was attended by Breckland councillors and senior management, and the Commonwealth affirmation was read by Mr Borrett before the flag was raised.
He said: 'The theme of Commonwealth Day this year, 'A Peace-building Commonwealth', is particularly appropriate at this time, and I am proud to join hundreds of others in reading the affirmation today, marking the fellowship and celebrating the diversity of 52 nations, united by history, culture and the shared values enshrined in the Commonwealth Charter.'
North Norfolk District Council chairman John Lee led a short service at the authority's headquarters in Cromer to mark Commonwealth Day, followed by the raising of the Commonwealth flag.
Mr Lee said: 'I am proud for North Norfolk District Council to join so many Commonwealth communities around the world raising our flags. Together we mark our membership of this important organisation of nations and our commitment to its shared goals.'
Norwich City Council hosted 12 students from Bignold Primary School, who are Unicef Rights Respecting Ambassadors.
They gathered in front of the flagpole, were greeted by the Lord Mayor and the Commonwealth flag was then raised.
A traditional ceremony marked Commonwealth Day in the coastal town of Southwold.
More than 80 people gathered to attend the ceremony, including town councillors, representatives from the Royal British Legion and pupils from Southwold Primary School.
The event took place at the town hall as part of the Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth nationwide initiative.
Southwold Town mayor Melanie Tucker read the Commonwealth Affirmation along with a special message from Commonwealth secretary general.
The Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honorable Patricia Scotland, QC, said of the day: 'At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members.
''A Peace-building Commonwealth' is a natural follow-on from our previous theme of 'An Inclusive Commonwealth', and reaffirms the Commonwealth Charter principle that international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all.'