Date published: 12 March 2019
This Monday (11 March), West Lindsey District Council observed Commonwealth Day 2019 by flying the flag for the Commonwealth.
Throughout the Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe, events were held to celebrate the day – and West Lindsey was no exception.
As part of the flag raising ceremony, Council Chairman Cllr Pat Mewis read the Commonwealth Affirmation. There was also a message from The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations which was shared by Executive Director of Operations, Mark Sturgess. Rev Cllr David Cotton led gatherers in prayer, whilst Executive Director of Resources Ian Knowles read out a poem.
Chairman Pat Mewis then raised the flag outside the Guildhall.
Council Chairman Pat Mewis said, “Flying the flag for the Commonwealth symbolises the ties of kinship between fellow Commonwealth citizens throughout the world. It’s been a great honour to be able to raise the flag today and respect what the Commonwealth commitment is about – serving one another in the spirit of respect and understanding.
“Advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally are the key commonwealth values, and by raising the flag today we will honour these values.”