East Renfrewshire Council marked Commonwealth Day today (Monday) when Provost Jim Fletcher performed a flag-raising ceremony.
Provost Fletcher raised one of the 850 Commonwealth flags that are flying in locations throughout the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, UK Overseas Territories, and Commonwealth countries as part of the day of recognition.
Joined by Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark, local councillors and chief executive Lorraine McMillan, the Provost delivered a special Commonwealth Affirmation message before raising the flag at the council headquarters in Giffnock.
The ‘Fly a Flag’ event marks a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth. It enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world.
Provost Fletcher said: “I was delighted to raise the Commonwealth Flag today as part of our annual support for this day of recognition. Since taking on the role of Provost I have had the opportunity to perform a wide range of duties, but the sentiment of today’s event holds particular significance for East Renfrewshire.
“Commonwealth Day is about considering the personal and communal contributions we can make towards shaping the future we share, which I believe are the values which play an important part within all our communities across East Renfrewshire.
“All of us can find mutual enrichment through establishing links with others, so this day is an excellent reminder about the importance of collaboration and integration in everything that we do.”