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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-10-03

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Commonwealth Day marked with flag raising

LIVERPOOL is marking Commonwealth Day, on Monday, 13 March 2017, with a special service at the Town Hall.

Commonwealth Day, held on the second Monday in March each year, is an opportunity for individuals, communities and organisations to promote the Commonwealth's shared values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association's rich diversity.

The Lord Mayor will join members of Liverpool Commonwealth Association; formed in 2015 to encourage trade, educational and cultural links with the City; to raise the Commonwealth Flag on the roof of the Town Hall.

Lord Mayor, Councillor Roz Gladden, said:- "As the place which was once the 2nd City of the British Empire, Liverpool has a proud history at the heart of the Commonwealth. It helped shape the place we are today, a City Region where 60 languages are spoken by residents, whose ethnic heritage comes from 100 countries! It is important we must not forget the vital role our diverse communities play and have played in the City, not least the sacrifices made during two world wars and conflict since. Commonwealth Day gives us an opportunity to do that."

Chair of the Liverpool Commonwealth Association and Assistant Mayor, Councillor Gary Millar said:- "On Monday, 13 March 12017, we salute our Commonwealth friends and family and remind the world that Liverpool is back! It's back as a global trading, cultural and academic partner. We are not just an association; we are a group of passionate individuals from the heritage of 53 nations, using our influence and our links to ensure this region is seen as the place to do business, to learn from, to visit and to play. Today's ceremony is part of a global initiative to fly the flag to herald this amazing and influential family of nations. I would love this amazing family to host not just the Commonwealth Games but also hold the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in this region in 2018; that would be two gold medals worth flying the flag for!"

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 countries with 2.2 billion people, 60% under the age of 30, and spans nations in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe and the Pacific.


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