The Commonwealth Flag was raised outside The Sessions House in Eastgate today (March 9) as Louth Town Council joins more than 730 other organisations celebrating ‘Commonwealth Day’ across the globe.
Mayor Andrew Leonard, the Town Clerk, Town Councillors and Reverend Nick Brown gathered to raise the Commonwealth Flag.
The Commonwealth affirmation was read by the Mayor, followed by a “special message of good wishes” from The Queen.
The initiative, now in its second year, hopes to catch the imagination of thousands of participants from all walks of life, inspiring them to join with others throughout the Commonwealth.
The ceremony was followed by a Single Commemorative Act marking the centenary of the First World War. The Mayor read an introduction and lit four candles representing 2014-18.
The candles will be extinguished representing darkness over Europe. A single light will then be lit and remain in place until the next annual service, to be held on Commonwealth Day each year (the second Monday in March).
In 2018, all four candles will be lit symbolising ‘light won through the darkness’.