Committing to national day by raising flag in Ilkeston

Raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10am in Ilkeston Market Place. in attendance is Mayor of Erewash Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal.
Raising of the Commonwealth flag at 10am in Ilkeston Market Place. in attendance is Mayor of Erewash Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal.

A flag was raised in Ilkeston Market Place to mark Commonwealth Day.

The Mayor of Erewash, Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, read a specially written Commonwealth affirmation before the flag raising on Monday

Last year was the first time that local authorities and other community groups across the British Isles took part in the flag raising, which is aimed at showing a widespread public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

The event was held at Long Eaton Town Hall last year.

Joining the mayor were members of 348 (Ilkeston) Squadron of the Air Cadets and children from Chaucer Junior School and Cantelupe Pre-School Playgroup, Ilkeston, as they salute the values of the Commonwealth

Councillor Kewal Singh Athwal, said: “It was an honour to be a part of this historic ceremony and it was with great pride that I raised the Commonwealth flag so that it can fly over Erewash as a celebration of our Commonwealth.”

At Awsworth Primary and Nursery School three pupils were chosen by the British Council to represent the school at celebrations to mark Commonwealth Day.

They were top achievers Nathaniel Peters, Max Hurdis, and Bethany Agheda-Todd, all aged 11, who went to Westminster Abbey in London for the event attended by the Queen and Prince Philip.