Marking Commonwealth Day
Monday 14 March was Commonwealth Day 2022.
The theme for the Commonwealth this year is 'Delivering a Common Future’. This theme highlights how the Commonwealth family are ‘innovating, connecting and transforming’ to help achieve goals such as fighting climate change, promoting good governance and boosting trade.
The occasion was marked by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council with an event attended by pupils representing six local primary schools.
The young people and their teachers began their visit by gathering on the Town Hall steps where they were welcomed by Peter W Blackwell JP DL. They heard Peter read out on behalf of the Lord Lieutenant of Kent, Lady Colgrain, a Commonwealth Day Message from HM The Queen to all the people of the Commonwealth.
Together, in unity with others across the country and Commonwealth, they recited the Commonwealth Affirmation and then looked up to witness the Commonwealth Flag being raised above them on the Town Hall roof.
Following the flag raising ceremony the young people joined Peter in the council chamber for refreshments and a discussion about the role of the Commonwealth and the shared goals of its 54 member nations. Afterwards Peter said: ‘A lively debate ensued and led on to a discussion of the Platinum Jubilee being celebrated in early June. The children were very interested in anecdotes of meetings with Her Majesty The Queen.’
Young people from the following schools attended the ceremony:
- Kent College Pembury
- Claremont Primary School
- Broadwater Down Primary School
- Holmewood House
- The Wells Free School
- Rose Hill School.