Commonwealth Day marked in Leeds

Caption: The Lady Mayoress Edna Murray and the Lord Mayor of Leeds Councillor Thomas Murray, with the Commonwealth flag which was raised above the Civic Hall.

The Commonwealth flag was raised proudly in Leeds this week as part of a day of celebrations throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man to mark Commonwealth Day.

Held on Monday March 10, the city played its part in the festivities which saw approximately 500 Commonwealth flags raised by local by local authorities, civic dignitaries, communities and charities in locations across the British Isles.

In Leeds, three Commonwealth flags were flown with pride at Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds Town Hall and Morley Town Hall.

A specially written message of ‘good wishes’ from Her Majesty The Queen along with the Commonwealth Affirmation was read out at by the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray, on the steps of Leeds Civic Hall as part of a ceremony to mark the day.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray said:

"It was really fantastic and a great honour to take part in the city’s ceremony to mark Commonwealth Day, which saw the Commonwealth flag flown proudly over Leeds Civic Hall, Leeds Town Hall and Morley Town Hall.

"This was a great opportunity to mark the great dignity, respect and bond that exists between the people and countries in the Commonwealth and I look forward to the raising of the Commonwealth flag in Leeds becoming a firm fixture in the calendar for many years to come."

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk