A SPECIAL flag was raised above Redditch Town Hall to commemorate Commonwealth Day.
The flag was one of more than 730 flown throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK overseas territories, and Commonwealth countries.
It forms part of a public commitment to the Commonwealth which values, respects and promotes opportunities for all citizens across the globe.
The Commonwealth evolved out of the British Empire and comprises 53 sovereign nations, 2billion people of a variety of faiths and some of the richest and poorest people in the world.
Among those involved in the ceremony on the steps outside the building on March 9 included councillors and representatives from the 37th signal regiment, along with other dignitaries.
The event also included a message from HM The Queen, while Redditch Mayor Pat Witherspoon read out the Commonwealth Affirmation.
She said: “This is the first time in Maritime history that the commonwealth flag will be raised on board ships.
“Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth provides an opportunity to acknowledge publicly and collectively the continuing success of the Commonwealth in building on common traditions and upholding shared values of democracy, inclusive development, rule of law, and human rights, in order to advance opportunities for the development and growth of all, especially our youth.
“Reflection on the many ways in which the Commonwealth is a global good can be combined with celebration as we put out the flags for Commonwealth Day with pride in our shared inheritance, and dedicate ourselves afresh to progress and prosperity, with fairness, justice and opportunity for all.”
Standard-bearers and dignitaries gather together. Photo by Marcus Mingins 1115021MMR2
The Commonwealth flag flying at the Town Hall. Photo by Marcus Mingins 1115021MMR4