Flying the Flag to mark Commonwealth Day

Your District Council has joined in the 'Fly the Flag' tribute to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth Flag was hoisted at the District Council's Matlock Town Hall HQ at 10am today (Monday, 12 March) as part a coordinated raising of Commonwealth flags in eye-catching positions across the Commonwealth, the United Kingdom and beyond.

Chairman of the District of the Derbyshire Dales, Councillor Steve Flitter, accompanied by his wife Ann and the Mayor of Matlock Councillor Ann Elliott, 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."

The Commonwealth numbers almost 2.5 billion people – a third of the world’s population – and local and national flag raising ceremonies have taken place in school yards, on village greens, in town squares and on mountain tops and beaches.

Cllr Steve Flitter is pictured above raising the Commonwealth flag with his wife Ann and (left) Mayor of Matlock Councillor Elliott, who is also a District councillor.

Your District Council has joined in the

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