Rugby flies the flag for the Commonwealth

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The Commonwealth flag was raised at the Town Hall yesterday (Monday) to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Rugby Borough Council joined forces with more than 500 councils, charities and community organisations across the UK to take part in the Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth event.

The event was the largest raising of the Commonwealth flag in history, with residents across the UK invited to show support for the values shared by the Commonwealth’s 53 member countries.

During the flag raising ceremony, the Mayor of Rugby, Cllr Anthony Gillias, read the Commonwealth Affirmation - which includes the line: “We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together, as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world.”

The response was read by Caldecott Park’s park ranger, Trevor Hoyte.

A former international sprinter, Trevor represented England at the 1978 Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, Canada, where he made the final of the 200m.

Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth was organised to celebrate the strength and success of the Commonwealth, and its shared values - democracy, human rights and the rule of law.

In addition to a host of civic and community buildings, the Commonwealth Flag was also raised at the UK’s four highest peaks - Ben Nevis, Mount Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Slieve Donard.

Cllr Gillias said: “Fly the Flag for the Commonwealth was a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the enduring strength of the partnership between more than 50 countries across the world.

“With the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow in the summer, it’s a perfect time to celebrate the Commonwealth’s diversity and inclusiveness.”