DENBIGHSHIRE leaders joined people around the world to raise a Commonwealth flag in support of friendship and

co-operation between nations this week.

The flag at Denbighshire County Council’s County Hall in Ruthin was one of more than 1,200 sites throughout the United Kingdom and across the world to raise a flag in a shared celebration to mark Commonwealth Day.

The ceremony, which replaced the former Empire Day and is often held on the second Monday in March, marked the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration in 1949 which ushered in the modern Commonwealth and reaffirms friendship and co-operation between constituent nations.

Cllr Pete Scott, chairman of Denbighshire County Council said: “The council was delighted and honoured to be joining in this celebration of the family of nations and it allows us to appreciate the values that the Commonwealth believes in, together with opportunities of friendship and co-operation with Commonwealth residents across the world.

“The Commonwealth flag flying event is now in its sixth year and involves so many people of all ages, from all walks of life and provides a positive way for people to link with fellow citizens of the commonwealth in a family that spans across oceans and continents – giving a real sense of hope for the future.”

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 sovereign states working together to promote democracy, development and respect for diversity.

It includes some of the world’s largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, with two billion citizens from all faiths and ethnicities.

The Denbighshire ceremony was attended by the Lord Lieutenant of Clwyd Harry Fetherstonhaugh, Lady Hanmer, the High Sheriff of Clwyd and other guests.

Mr Featherstonhaugh said: “It’s enormously important to mark such a fantastic occasion that celebrates our common bond with such a diverse group of counties, rich and poor, and our ability to work together internationally.

“Particularly given yesterday’s significance of the 70th anniversary of the London Declaration, I’m sure the 53 countries that make up the Commonwealth would agree that this joint co-operation is to be applauded.”

During the flag-raising the Commonwealth Affirmation was read out in Welsh and English.