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Flying the Flag for the Commonwealth

South Tyneside was one of hundreds of communities across the globe to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, read out the Commonwealth Affirmation before raising the flag at Jarrow Town Hall with help from his Mayoress, Councillor Moira Smith. Pupils from Hedworthfield Primary School and members of South Tyneside's Racial Equality Forum were also present at the event.

The Mayor said: "In these troubled times it is now perhaps more important than ever to celebrate the true value of the Commonwealth.

"By raising this flag we can show that we are standing in unity with other Commonwealth citizens as part of this special family that spans nations and continents."

He added: "By flying this flag we are also helping to demonstrate the breadth and significance of the Commonwealth."

The Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, now in its third year, is collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth. By taking part, people can show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.

More than 950 Commonwealth flags were raised across the globe in a shared celebration of the Commonwealth family.

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