Posted: Tuesday 13th March 2018
The Commonwealth Flag raising event was hosted by the Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council Councillor Richard Thake on Monday 12 March.
The Chairman welcomed guests to County Hall and read the message from the Commonwealth Secretary-General. The Lord-Lieutenant Robert Voss CBE read a message from Her Majesty the Queen and, Captain Kevin Shaw from the Royal Navy, Commanding Officer at Northwood HQ read the Commonwealth Affirmation. The ceremony was also attended by former chairmen, Mayors, Chairs and Leader’s from district, borough and town councils, county councillors and Hertfordshire County Council staff, as well as a contingent of cadets from the Haileybury Combined Cadet Force and many others. The County Hall singers and a brass group from Freman College also performed at the event.
Councillor Richard Thake, Chairman of Hertfordshire County Council, said:
“We are proud to mark Commonwealth Day in Hertfordshire to celebrate this influential world-wide family of nations. I am delighted that we flew the flag to show our appreciation for the unity, understanding and tolerance that the Commonwealth stands for and the opportunities it offers to its 2.5 billion citizens around the world.”
The Lord-Lieutenant for Hertfordshire, Robert Voss, CBE said:
“It was an honour to read The Queen’s message to the 2.4 billion Commonwealth citizens expressing her delight at celebrating Commonwealth Day and looking forward to welcoming the Commonwealth leaders to the UK next month. It was also an honour to be able to represent Her Majesty at the raising of The Commonwealth flag which flies proudly over County Hall showing the pride that the people of Hertfordshire have as members of this great organisation of friendship and unity.”