SUNDERLAND is flying the flag for the Commonwealth.
The city joined the Queen and more than 500 councils and community groups throughout the UK, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, in raising the flag in celebration of Commonwealth Day at 10am today.
The Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Bob Heron, said: “We’re delighted to be joining Her Majesty The Queen and more than 500 councils and community groups taking part in this very special day.
“Sunderland people have always been very welcoming to people from other countries and this is a great opportunity to celebrate the Commonwealth and the values it stands for.”
Commonwealth Flags will also be flown at many locations of special significance, including Land’s End, Cornwall, the most westerly point in England; St David’s in Pembrokeshire, the westernmost city in Wales; Carlisle, the northernmost city in England; Lowestoft in Suffolk, the easternmost town in England, and Unst in the Shetland Islands, the most northerly-inhabited island in Scotland.