Derbyshire Dales District Council has joined in the 'Fly the Flag' tribute to Commonwealth Day.
The Commonwealth Flag was hoisted at the District Council's Matlock Town Hall HQ at 10am today (Monday) as part of what could be a record number of flags in eye-catching positions across the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom and beyond.
Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Mrs Carol Walker read out this Commonwealth affirmation:
"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. 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."
Councillor Mrs Walker also read out this message from the Queen:
"I am pleased to learn that so many people throughout the Commonwealth will be taking part in the 'Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth' initiative on Commonwealth Day this year, which I understand will see the raising of a record number of Commonwealth flags. I send my good wishes to all who are taking part."