Youngsters from a Bushey school were on hand to help the Mayor of Hertsmere mark Commonwealth Day today (Monday 12 March) at a flag flying ceremony.
Eleven-year-old Adrian Eggleston, from The Purcell School for Young Musicians, helped Mayor Councillor Charles Goldstein unfurl the Commonwealth and Union flags at a ceremony inside the Civic Offices in Borehamwood. The ceremony was due to take place outside, but was moved inside due to inclement weather. Adrian was asked to take part after he correctly named the countries of the Commonwealth with the largest and smallest population; India, with a population of more than a billion, and Tuvalu, a Polynesian island nation with a population of just over 10,000.
The ceremony was attended by Adrian’s classmates, 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 Goldstein said: “I’m delighted that Adrian and his classmates were able to join me for this particular occasion, and I want to thank all the young people who took part in our competition.
“This year’s Commonwealth Day theme is ‘Towards a Common Future’, and what better way of celebrating that by inviting a group of young people, who are our future, to mark the event.
“Our flag is one of a thousand that will be flying today around the world. It’s that thought which brings home that while the Commonwealth is diverse and huge, and encompasses many different communities and lives, its citizens are all connected in some way.”
The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its fourth year, is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.
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.
Posted on Monday 12th March 2018