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Flying a flag for Commonwealth Day

West Lothian flew the flag this week to mark Commonwealth Day.

14 March

The council took part in this year's Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth event on Monday 12 March at the Civic Centre in Livingston.

Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth is a unique event which involves councils, community groups and charities taking part in local flag raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.

The event attended by locals and workers, included a reading of a message from The Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Nations, delivered by the Lord-Lieutenant for West Lothian, Ms Moira Niven followed by a reading of the Commonwealth Affirmation by Provost Tom Kerr.

The Commonwealth Flag was raised at 10am and was followed by a singing performance by children from Howden St Andrew's Primary School Choir.

Lord-Lieutenant for West Lothian, Ms Moira Niven said: "It was great to be part of this occasion. Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth provides a splendid opportunity every year for people from all walks of life to join with others in their local community to celebrate Commonwealth Day in association with fellow citizens throughout our worldwide family. It also presents a fantastic chance for everyone to learn more about the Commonwealth and to show that the Commonwealth still has a place in our hearts."

Provost Tom Kerr said: "It was fantastic to be part of Commonwealth Day in West Lothian, and mark the special occasion. Commonwealth Day aims to promote shared Commonwealth values of peace, democracy and equality, and to celebrate the association's rich diversity.

"A huge thank you to everyone who attended and special thanks to the choir from Howden St Andrews choir for their excellent performance to bring the event to a close."

For more information, please visit www.thecommonwealth.org

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