Youngsters from Borehamwood were on hand to help the Mayor of Hertsmere mark Commonwealth Day today (Monday 13 March) at a flag-raising ceremony.
Monksmead School pupil Zara Otchere, aged 10, helped Mayor Councillor Pete Rutledge hoist the Commonwealth and Union flags to full mast at the ceremony outside the Civic Offices in Borehamwood. Zara was asked to take part after she correctly named all six regions of the Commonwealth countries in a competition.
The ceremony was attended by Zara's class-mates, family and teachers, as well as borough councillors and council staff. It was held to mark the borough’s commitment to the Commonwealth, show appreciation of its values and the opportunities it offers to citizens around the world.
Cllr Rutledge said: “Thank you to all the youngsters who took part in our competition. Unfortunately, there can only be one winner. Zara did a wonderful job raising the flags, and it was a pleasure to meet her and her classmates.
“This year’s Commonwealth Day theme is ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’ which aims to recognise and promote shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and celebrate the association’s rich diversity.
“I’m delighted that we in Hertsmere have been able to take part in the day and unite with the hundreds of other towns, cities and regions around the world, doing their bit to mark Commonwealth Day.”
The Commonwealth is made up of 52 sovereign states working together in mutual support towards shared goals of democracy, development and respect for diversity. It includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, with two billion citizens drawn from all faiths and ethnicities.
A short film of the ceremony is available to view here.
Posted on Monday 13th March 2017