The Commonwealth flag was raised at County Hall, Trowbridge today as part of an international celebration of the family of nations who make up the Commonwealth.
More than 850 flags were raised across the UK and overseas at 10am to mark Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth Day.
Christopher Hoare, DL, Deputy Lieutenant of Wiltshire read a message from His Excellency Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth before the flag was raised by Vice Chairman of Wiltshire Council Allison Bucknell at 10am.
Cllr Bucknell said: “Wiltshire Council has marked this event since it began three years ago and we’re delighted to once again proudly fly the flag which is a celebration of the worldwide family of nations united in common purpose.”
Baroness Scott of Bybrook, OBE, Leader of Wiltshire Council said: “I’m delighted we are once again taking part in a special demonstration of the importance of the Commonwealth to us all. This is a shared celebration of this family of nations from all around the globe.”
The initiative is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth. In the capital cities of Commonwealth countries ex-services organisations raised the flag, including in London led by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League. Each year a theme is chosen for Commonwealth Day and this year the theme is ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth.’ More information is available at http://thecommonwealth.org/commonwealthday