Celebrations in Wyre for Commonwealth Day 2018Published Monday, 12 March 2018
On Monday 12 March, Wyre Council celebrated Commonwealth Day 2018 along with groups across the world who raised more than one thousand Commonwealth flags at 10:00 local time
Mayor of Wyre, Alice Collinson welcomed schools, groups and partners to raise the Commonwealth flag and introduced Lieutenant Colonel Richard Beatson, Deputy Lieutenant on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant who spoke of the importance of the Commonwealth in Lancashire.
In his speech, he said, “It is truly hoped that the people of Lancashire will embrace the Commonwealth in 2018; coming together to celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage, and in doing so honour our Queen.”
The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its fourth year, has caught the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.
In attendance were, Fleetwood Rotary, Fleetwood and Cleveleys Lions, Poulton and Carleton Residents Association, Inner Wheel Thornton Cleveleys, Fleetwood Civic Society, Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service and Royal British Legion.
A number of local schools across the borough also attended including, Poulton St Chads, Carters Charity Preesall, Thornton Primary, Great Eccleston Copp Primary, Rossall School and Winmarleigh Primary.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations, The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, said, “Fly a Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth, and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation.
“By working together locally and globally we learn from one another, and make progress for the good of all.
“On Commonwealth Day people of all ages and backgrounds in Commonwealth countries set in every continent and ocean will recommit to working 'Towards a Common Future', our theme for this year and for the Commonwealth Heads of Government being hosted by the United Kingdom in April. Raising the Commonwealth flag reminds us afresh that cooperation as a family of nations enables us to respond collectively to global challenges, and to deliver a fairer, more prosperous, secure and sustainable future for all citizens – particularly our young people.”