Flag raised for Commonwealth Day

Flag raised for Commonwealth Day
Cllr Bishopp and David Jones with the Commonwealth Flag

Hunstanton's Mayor Cllr Tony Bishopp was joined by representatives of the Town Council and David Jones from Hunstanton Lifeboat Station to raise the Commonwealth flag at the War Memorial on Monday morning to mark Commonwealth Day .

Cllr Bishopp said: “Fifty-four countries, today come together, to celebrate Commonwealth Day; together, we work to build peace and harmony through social and democratic development.

“The theme for 2020 is 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming’; his theme was chosen because the governments and people of our diverse family of 54 Commonwealth countries connect at many levels through far-reaching and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.

“Together the countries and people of the Commonwealth tackle climate change and its impacts; we work to find sustainable ways of using the natural resources of our planet, its land and ocean, so that our environment is protected.

“Together, we encourage inclusive economic empowerment and fair trade so that all people, particularly women, young people and those in marginalised communities can share the fruits of progress and prosperity.

“Together, we are delivering a common future by connecting, innovating and transforming our societies.”

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A message from the The Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth included: “ Public gatherings to raise the Commonwealth flag on Commonwealth Day have swiftly become well established as an imaginative annual demonstration of Commonwealth connection. They provide 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 and every one 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.”