Commonwealth flag raised outside Town Hall to mark Commonwealth Day
The Mayor of Havering, Councillor Philippa Crowder, raised the Commonwealth Flag outside the Town Hall in Romford, on Monday 13 March, to mark Commonwealth Day.
Members of the public attended the event to hear messages from the Commonwealth Secretary General and The Commonwealth Affirmation read by Andrew Rosindell, MP for Romford, and the Mayor of Havering, before the flag was raised at 10am.
Watch the Commonwealth flag being raised:
Commonwealth Day is celebrated across the Commonwealth by young people, schools, communities and civil society organisations. It provides an opportunity to promote understanding on global issues, international co-operation and the work of Commonwealth organisations.
Mayor of Havering, Councillor Philippa Crowder, said:
"Today marks a time for communities to come together to learn about and celebrate the commonwealth and its achievements.
“The theme this year is peace-building, and at a time of increasing instability and uncertainty in the world, the Commonwealth becomes an ever more-needed symbol of strength and hope”