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Chance for children to appear at Hertsmere Commonwealth Day ceremony

Last Modified February 14, 2019
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Youngsters in Hertsmere have the chance to take part in the borough’s Commonwealth Day celebrations if they can correctly answer a competition question.

The Mayor of Hertsmere, Councillor Brenda Batten, will lead a flag-raising ceremony on Monday, 11 March at the Civic Offices in Borehamwood as part of a multi-national celebration of the Commonwealth.

Ahead of the day, children aged between five and 11 are being invited to enter the competition by providing an answer to the question: how many Commonwealth countries are there?

The winner will be invited, along with their classmates, to the ceremony at 10am.

Cllr Batten said: “Young people are the future of the Commonwealth and so that’s why I feel it’s important to include the younger members of our community in our ceremony.

“The aim of Commonwealth Day is to help raise awareness of the traditions, beliefs and challenges of other member states. The greater our understanding of other cultures and traditions, the more tolerance we can help foster in the world.”

The Commonwealth represents 2.4 billion people. Flags will be raised in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe as a way of promoting understanding on global issues and Commonwealth values, as well as raising awareness of the work of Commonwealth organisations. 

This year’s theme is ‘A Connected Commonwealth’, and aims to focus on the ways the Commonwealth works together to protect our natural environment and the ocean we share.

The deadline to enter the competition is 5pm on Friday 1 March. To enter please contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 020 8207 7477 or email mayors.secretary@hertsmere.gov.uk

For more information visit http://www.flyaflagforthecommonwealth.co.uk/index.php

Posted on Thursday 14th February 2019

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