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The Commonwealth flag flew over Chorley

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Members of Chorley Council and pupils from a local school came to the Commonwealth ceremony on Monday which saw a flag hoisted outside of Union Street for Commonwealth day.

Chorley Council flew a flag for Commonwealth day at the same time as thousands of other organisations across the world.

Councillor Peter Wilson, Deputy Leader of Chorley Council said: “We support many international celebrations and events including Commonwealth day, which we had the great pleasure of being a part of.

“As a Council, we love showing our support for organisations that make a difference and we hope that members of the public enjoy the celebrations as much as we do.

“Commonwealth day recognises the international connections in the world and brings everyone together so it really is a great thing to be a part of.

“We hosted a ceremony in the Town Hall which welcomed pupils from a local high school and was followed by the hoisting of the flag.”

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative is now in its fourth year and it aims to recognise the values, opportunities and friendships with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.

The Mayor of Chorley, Councillor Mark Perks attended the ceremony in the Council Chamber and read out the Commonwealth Affirmation. He then went on to read a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Nations, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC.

Deputy Lieutenant, Mr Jeremy Gorick DL, ceremonially handed the Commonwealth Day Flag over to the Mayor ready for hoisting. The flag was then hoisted outside of the Union Street building.

Students from Parklands high school attended the event and joined members of the Council for the ceremony.

Towards a Common Future is the 2018 theme that is being recognised internationally. This year’s theme explores how the Commonwealth can address global challenges and work to create a better future for all citizens through sub-themes of sustainability, safety, prosperity and fairness, in line with the theme of the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London.

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