SUNDERLAND has joined The Queen in celebrating Commonwealth Day.
City Mayor, Councillor Bob Heron, raised the Commonwealth flag at the Civic Centre yesterday at 10am, to mark the occasion.
More than 500 councils and community groups throughout the UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man joined the largest single flag raising in the history of the Commonwealth. Sunderland’s event began with Dr Norman Taylor, MBE, the Deputy Lord Leiutenant, reading out a message of good wishes from the Queen.
Mayor Heron then read out the Commonwealth Affirmation, and raised the flag.
He said: “We’re delighted to be joining Her Majesty The Queen and over 500 councils and community groups in 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.”
The Queen raised her flag outside the Great West Door of Westminster Abbey, before attending the annual Commonwealth Observance service in Westminster Abbey.