On Monday 13 March, the Commonwealth flag was raised over the roof of Solihull Council House to celebrate Commonwealth Day.
At the ceremony the Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson and the Mayoress, Mrs Jenny Robinson were joined by the Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, Mr David Bradnock, the High Sheriff of the West Midlands, Dr Keith Bradshaw, Solihull Police Commander Baz Javid, MPs Caroline Spelman and Julian Knight as well as many other significant members of the borough.
Holly Sha, from George Fentham Endowed School, and Emily West, from Alderbook School, were chosen to give the order for the flag to be raised after they both won prizes for producing Commonwealth Day artwork.
The pupils also received a certificate and a gift card from the Mayor for their excellent work.
As part of the ceremony Mr Bradnock read a message from Her Majesty The Queen while the Mayor read a message from the Secretary – General of the Commonwealth and the Commonwealth Affirmation.
The Mayor said: “It is a great honour for us to fly the flag of this year’s Commonwealth Day, celebrating the rich mix of diversities across the 52 nations.
I am so pleased that Solihull has once again participated in this event. It is wonderful to think our local school children are learning of its importance.”
This year marks the 40 year anniversary of when Commonwealth Day became a global celebration, with 52 countries taking part.
For more information about Commonwealth Day visit: http://thecommonwealth.org/commonwealthday