Stephen Metcalfe, local MP for South Basildon and East Thurrock, joined Basildon Council today to raise the Commonwealth Flag in celebration of Commonwealth Day.
The flag raising was one of many events taking place throughout the Commonwealth to celebrate unity and diversity, and to highlight the work and achievements of the Commonwealth in modern society. The day also serves to promote understanding of global issues, international co-operation, and the work of the Commonwealth’s organisations.
The theme for 2014 is Team Commonwealth which is intended to stress the importance of teamwork and collaboration both within and between Commonwealth countries. It also sets the tone for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later in the year.
The local MP commented: “It was great to join Basildon Council for their Commonwealth flag raising ceremony. It served as a fantastic reminder of the wider global community that Britain are part of and provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate the spirit of teamwork and togetherness that is so important to the work of the Commonwealth.”
For further information about Commonwealth Day and to find out more about events that might be taking place near you please see: http://www.commonwealththeme.org/