The Commonwealth flag has been raised by Wychavon District Council as part of a ceremony of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day 2020.
This morning (Monday 9 March), as the flag was raised outside the Civic Centre in Pershore, it became one of more than 1,000 other Commonwealth flags being raised in the Commonwealth countries around the world.
Commonwealth Day is held on the second Monday in March each year and is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the values of peace, democracy and equality that the Commonwealth stands for.
The theme this year is 'Delivering a Common Future: Connecting, Innovating, Transforming'. This was chosen because the diverse family of 54 Commonwealth countries connect at many levels through extensive and deep-rooted networks of friendship and goodwill.
Before the flag was raised, Councillor Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon District Council read out a special Commonwealth Affirmation. The statement reaffirmed the commitment of all Commonwealth member states to democracy, development, and respect for diversity.
Cllr Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, said: "I am pleased that once again we are supporting Commonwealth Day by raising the Commonwealth flag. This day is an opportunity to promote the peace, democracy and equality that the flag represents and to strengthen the connection between Wychavon and the Commonwealth communities".
Visit www.thecommonwealth.org/commonwealth-day for more information about Commonwealth Day.
Pictured: Cllr Frances Smith, Chairman of Wychavon District Council, flying the Commonwealth Flag outside the Civic Centre in Pershore.