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Commonwealth Day is marked in Skipton

The Commonwealth Flag has been raised at Skipton Town Hall to mark Commonwealth Day 2016.

Commonwealth Day

The flag in Skipton was one of more than 850 flags raised throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries at 10am on March 14 to mark the day.

The event is intended to be a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, enabling participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth young and old citizens around the world.

Councillor Robert Mason, chairman of Craven District Council, made the Commonwealth Affirmation as he raised the flag.

"Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise this flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish," he said.

"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.

"We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally."

Bruno Peek LVO OBE OPR, originator and Commonwealth Pageantmaster, said: "I am amazed how quickly this event has caught the public imagination in so many Commonwealth countries and we are delighted to be involving The Royal Commonwealth Society in the project this year.

"We are only in our third year, and the involvement of so many people of all ages and from all walks of life shows the enormous potential of this project and of the Commonwealth. It is a positive and uplifting way for people to link with fellow citizens of the Commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents. There is a real sense of promise, and hope for the future in this current troubled world of ours."