Today Essex County Council, together with many other local authorities in the UK, raised a special flag to mark the annual Commonwealth Day.
There are now 53 countries in the Commonwealth of Nations that are celebrating this anniversary, which this year will see the United Kingdom hosting the Commonwealth Conference in April.
The short ceremony for flag raising took place on the steps of County Hall. It was conducted by the Rev Canon Ivor Moody, our workplace chaplain, and attended by the Lord-Lieutenant of Essex, Mrs Jennifer Tolhurst, and the Mayor of Chelmsford, Cllr Duncan Lumley. The Commonwealth Day Message from the Queen was also read out.
Cllr John Aldridge, Chairman of Essex County Council, said: “This unique initiative catches the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, joining together as a worldwide community and a powerful influence for good in the world.”
Six trumpeters from King Edward VI Grammar School, Chelmsford, played a fanfare to herald raising the Commonwealth Flag.