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Commonwealth Day marked by Barnet Council

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, has led the marking of Commonwealth Day around the borough.

This morning (13 March) the Mayor raised a Commonwealth flag above Hendon Town Hall – Mayors, local authorities, pupils and students, Ex-Servicemen and many others around the world also raised more than 950 Commonwealth flags at 10am.

Commonwealth Day promotes international co-operation and an understanding of global issues, whilst also promoting the work of Commonwealth organisations.

Prior to raising the flag, the Mayor read a specially written ‘Commonwealth Affirmation’.

The Worshipful the Mayor of Barnet, Councillor David Longstaff, said: “I am proud to have continued the tradition of raising the flag and to participate in and mark Commonwealth Day, showing our friendship and shared values with those countries.

“It was a privilege to raise the flag outside Hendon Town Hall celebrating the diversity of both the Commonwealth and those living within the borough.” 

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said: “At a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth family of nations in its rich diversity becomes an ever more-needed source of strength and hope for all its members.”

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