Lisburn council marks Commonwealth Day

Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Corporate Services Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive with Members of Council at the Flag raising ceremony held at Lagan Valley Island to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
Alderman James Tinsley, Chairman of the Corporate Services Committee, Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council; the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett and Dr Theresa Donaldson, Chief Executive with Members of Council at the Flag raising ceremony held at Lagan Valley Island to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

The Commonwealth Flag flew over Lisburn last week as Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council celebrated Commonwealth Day on Monday March 14.

The Flag Raising Ceremony, attended by elected members, was one of 850 across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories and Commonwealth countries.

The theme of the celebration was ‘An Inclusive Commonwealth’ - chosen to encourage understanding and further exploration of Commonwealth collaboration in fields such as gender equality.

Commonwealth Secretary-General, Kamalesh Sharma explainedsaid: “Wealth Charter asserts that everyone is equal and deserves to be treated without discrimination, whether they are rich or poor, without regard to their race, age, gender, belief, or other identity.

“The Commonwealth seeks to build a better world by including and respecting everybody and the richness of their personalities. Sustained progress continues to be made in the Commonwealth through the goodwill, trust and mutual respect that connect us as members of one worldwide family.”Raising the flag, the Mayor, Councillor Thomas Beckett said: “The Council was delighted to officially mark the occasion of Commonwealth Day and demonstrate our pride in being part of the Commonwealth and our ongoing commitment to supporting all the values it upholds.”