HAVANT Borough Council joined more than 500 communities across the UK and around the world in marking Commonwealth Day.
Mayor of Havant Councillor Paul Buckley raised the commemorative flag outside The Plaza at 10am yesterday.
Cllr Buckley said: ‘I’m delighted to have raised the flag over Havant to honour the Commonwealth. This is a meaningful way to demonstrate our togetherness, not just across the borough or the country, but the 53 nations of the Commonwealth.
‘Flags have been raised in hundreds of towns and cities around the world to celebrate and I’m proud to be a part of that.’
The day allows communities to show their commitment to the Commonwealth, the values it stands for, and the opportunities offered to its citizens around the world.
Over at Penns Place, East Hampshire District Council’s civic offices, council leader Ferris Cowper raised the flag.
He said: ‘It’s a fantastic way for this district to stand together with councils, community groups and organisations, not just across this country but across the globe.
‘I’m proud to take part in this unique, international event on behalf of East Hampshire.’
Commonwealth flags are flown at locations of special significance around the UK.
Flags have also be raised at some of the Commonwealth’s farthest flung outposts, including the Rothera Research Station on the Antarctic Peninsula, and the Halley VI Research Station on the Brunt Ice Shelf, as well as King Edward Point and Bird Island in South Georgia.