Commonwealth flag flies in Tendring

Monday, 11 March, 2019
Councillor Mark Platt, centre, with members of the public and councillors at the Commonwealth Flag raising ceremony

The Commonwealth Flag has been raised at Tendring District Council’s (TDC) Clacton Town Hall to mark Commonwealth Day 2019.

More than 1,000 flag-flying ceremonies are expected to take place across the Commonwealth today as part of the event.

It is the sixth year local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities have taken part in the special ceremonies of dedication.

Shortly before the flag was raised, TDC Chairman Cllr Mark Platt read out 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.”

Councillor Platt said: “It was an honour to lead the ceremony and see the Commonwealth Flag raised today on behalf of Tendring residents as we proudly stand with all nations and show unity across the Commonwealth.”