POLITICIANS from rival parties came together this week as part of a special ceremony to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Cotswold District Council chairman Sir Edward Horsfall and Cirencester mayor Cllr Joe Harris were on hand on Monday, March 10 to take part in a flag raising ceremony which marked the special occasion.

Cllr Harris said the celebration had particular emphasis on celebrating the good work carried out by young people across the globe.

“This strikes a particular chord with me as the youngest mayor in the country. I was pleased to join Cllr Horsfall at the ceremony,” he said.

Cllr Horsfall read a message of good wishes from Her Majesty The Queen as well as the Commonwealth Affirmation with those in attendance, including CDC Councillors and staff, joined in a response.

Since 1977, the Commonwealth family has celebrated Commonwealth Day every year on the second Monday in March.

The day provided an opportunity to highlight the achievements of the Commonwealth’s organisations which aims to improve the lives on hundreds of millions of people worldwide.

Cllr Horsfall said: “Our flag raising ceremony in Cirencester contributed to the nation’s show of support for the diversity and positive achievements of all the Commonwealth member states.”

For more information, visit www.cotswold.gov.uk.