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Commonwealth Day 2024

Young people mark Commonwealth Day 2024 in Royal Tunbridge Wells.

On Commonwealth Day 2024, Monday 11 March, the Mayor and Mayoress of Tunbridge Wells, Hugh and Sandra Patterson, and Mrs Georgie Warner, Deputy Lieutenant, welcomed young people from local primary schools to the town hall to be part of a country-wide Commonwealth flag raising ceremony.

Shortly before 10am the visitors joined the Mayor, Mayoress and Deputy Lieutenant in reciting the Commonwealth Affirmation and they watched as the Commonwealth Flag was raised on the town hall.

The group then moved inside to hear Hugh read the King’s Commonwealth Day message. An informal question and answer session with refreshments followed during which the young people were able to find out a little more about Commonwealth Day and the mayoralty in Tunbridge Wells.

The following schools were represented:

  • Kent College, Pembury
  • Skinners’ Kent Primary School
  • St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School
  • St Mark’s CEP Primary School
  • St Peter's CEP Primary School
  • Temple Grove Academy
  • The Wells Free School

Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe. Monday 11 March marks the beginning of a week-long series of events and activities happening around the globe – including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies and cultural events.

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