Borough Council of Wellingborough

Commonwealth Day celebration in Wellingborough

Published Tuesday, 08 March 2016

Wellingborough Council is hosting a special ceremony on Monday 14 March to mark Commonwealth Day, and the Mayor of Wellingborough is asking people to join him in the celebration.

The mayor, Cllr Barry Graves, will read out a message from The Queen, followed by a personal message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, before the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at 10am.

The event, which is now in its third year, will take place in front of the council’s Swanspool House and is one of more than 700 similar events taking place throughout the UK and around the world.

Local authorities, community groups, services organisations and charities are all hosting ceremonies. 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 young and old citizens around the world.

Mayor of Wellingborough, Cllr Barry Graves said: "I am delighted to be leading Wellingborough’s celebration of the commonwealth. It is an expression of support for a charter that promotes diversity, tolerance, understanding, freedom of expression, democracy and kinship across the world.

"Commonwealth Day enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.

"I hope as many people as possible will join me in marking this occasion."

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR – Originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster, of 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth’, said: "I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries and are delighted to be involving The Royal Commonwealth Society in the project this year. We are only in our third year, and the involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future in this current troubled world of ours.

We also celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday on the 21st April this year, so marks a

The commonwealth is made up of 53 sovereign states, located in six regions – three in Europe, 18 in Africa, eight in Asia, three in the Americas, ten in the Caribbean, and 11 in the South Pacific. Commonwealth countries come together voluntarily and work together to support democracy, development and respect for diversity.

Anyone wishing to join the Wellingborough celebration should assemble in front of Swanspool House at 9.50am on Monday 14 March.