As Deputy Mayor, I was pleased and honoured to be a part of the ‘Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth‘ ceremony today in the ancient hilltop town of Shaftesbury.
My contribution to proceedings was to read out the message from the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations as well as The Commonwealth Affirmation:
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.”