Commonwealth Day has been marked in Rhondda Cynon Taf today (March 10).
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council was one of 500 organisations across the UK to simultaneously raise the Commonwealth Flag in a show of unity and community.
Cllr Paul Cannon QPM, Deputy Leader of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, led the ceremony at the civic offices with a welcome and a reminder of the respect, inspiration and appreciation of diversity that comes from being a part of a global community such as the Commonwealth.
Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings also joined the event to read out a message from Her Majesty the Queen, before the specially-written Commonwealth Affirmation was read out and the distinctive blue and yellow flag was raised.
The flag will now proudly fly above the Civic Offices in Clydach Vale throughout not only Commonwealth Day, but also for the duration of the Commonwealth Games, which run from July 23 to August 3.
Cllr Cannon said: “We are pleased and proud to be marking this day, and our place in the wider global community, by raising the Commonwealth Flag.
“The theme for Commonwealth Day 2014 is ‘Team Commonwealth’, which is fitting as we look forward to the arrival of the Queen’s Baton Relay in Rhondda Cynon Taf at the Aberdare Festival on 25th May and then, of course, the Commonwealth Games in July.
“We have lots planned to mark these important global events, ensuring our communities have the chance to come together as a ‘team’ to celebrate and also be inspired by the greatness of the games and the achievements of those who compete in them.”
Mayor Cllr Crimmings added: “Rhondda Cynon Taf has a strong history of marking international events and Commonwealth Day is no exception. This is the first year the day has been marked with the flying of the flag and, as we enjoyed our ceremony in Clydach Vale, hundreds of people across the UK were doing the same thing, which added to the sense of community upon which the event was planned.”