Fly-a-Flag for the Commonwealth

Local Authorities throughout the United Kingdom were asked to raise the Commonwealth Flag at exactly 10:00 am on Commonwealth Day 2014.
The Chairman of Bath and North East Somerset, Councilor Neil Butters, hosted a Flag Raising Ceremony in the Chairman’s Room at the Guildhall, Bath and the Commonwealth Flag was duly raised to fly alongside the Union Flag above the Guildhall.

The ceremony was attended by:  The Mayor of Bath (Councillor Malcolm Lees); the Leader of the Council (Councillor Paul Crossley); the Deputy Chairman of the Council (Councillor Martin Veal); and  Councillor Brian Webber.

There were also representatives of the Bath Branch of the Royal Commonwealth Society plus Bath residents with links to: Antigua; Australia; Canada; India; Malaysia; and South Africa.

Councillor Butters read the Commonwealth Affirmation:

“Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish.  We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world.  We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally”.

Click here to read about the Commonwealth Symbol and Flag