Residents are invited to a flag raising ceremony organised to celebrate Commonwealth Day.

Dorset Council has announced that a service will take place outside County Hall in Dorchester ton Monday, March 11 at 10am.

This annual celebration highlights the bond that exists between 56 countries of the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific.

Cllr Val Pothecary, Chairman of Dorset Council said: “This year’s theme for Commonwealth Day is ‘One Resilient Common Future: Transforming our Common Wealth’.

“The theme highlights how the 56 member countries must harness their strengths by building resilience, unlocking potential, leveraging the ‘Commonwealth Advantage’ and fostering a connected, digital Commonwealth. 

“This transformation is vital to ensure a resilient common future where no one is left behind.” 

The opening prayer will be led by the Revd Cora Yarrien, followed by the Commonwealth Affirmation, read by Cllr Val Pothecary.

The service continues with HM Lord-Lieutenant Angus Campbell reading a message from His Majesty the King, Head of the Commonwealth.

The National Anthem will be played by Fred Slade, Durnovaria Silver Band, and the Commonwealth Flag will be raised by LL Cadet CSM Oliver Frowd.

The ceremony will then conclude with a message from the Rt Hon Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, read by Colin Weston MBE JP and a prayer from Revd Cora Yarrien.

Commonwealth Day will mark the beginning of a week-long series of events and activities happening worldwide – including faith and civic gatherings, debates, school assemblies, flag-raising ceremonies, and cultural events.

More information can be found on the Commonwealth website: