Tendring District Council (TDC) has marked Commonwealth Day 2018 with the raising of the Commonwealth Flag at the Town Hall in Clacton.
This year more than 1,000 individual flag-flying ceremonies are expected to take place across the Commonwealth.
It is the fifth year local authorities and civic dignitaries, community groups and charities have taken part in the special local flag-raising events and ceremonies of dedication – and is of special significance this year ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Before the flag was raised, TDC Vice-Chairman Cllr Karen Yallop, 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.”
Cllr Yallop said: “It was a privilege to raise the Commonwealth Flag today on behalf of the residents of Tendring and to stand proudly with all nations and show unity across the Commonwealth.”