Stockton Council joined more than 500 local authorities and community organisations across the United Kingdom on Monday (10 March) when it raised a newly-designed flag at the Town Hall to mark Commonwealth Day.
The Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Kathryn Nelson and Her Majesty’s Deputy Lieutenant of Durham, Colonel Mitchell led a special ceremony to mark the day which celebrates the United Kingdom’s commitment to the Commonwealth, the values it stands for and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.
The celebration began with the reading of the Commonwealth affirmation by the Deputy Lieutenant, followed by a response from the Mayor before the Commonwealth flag was raised on the Town Hall. The Deputy Lieutenant of Durham, Colonel Mitchell, also read out a personal message from Her Majesty The Queen which thanked everyone for taking part in the unique celebration.
Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Kathryn Nelson, said: “Every part of the UK has an important role in promoting what it means to be part of the Commonwealth. I’m really pleased that Stockton Borough had this opportunity to publically recognise this role and take part in this memorable celebration.”