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Commonwealth Day

What does Boston have in common with The Bahamas, Bangladesh, Barbados, Belize, Botswana and Brunei Darussalam. On Monday, March 14, they were all places in the Commonwealth flying the Commonwealth flag.

Boston Mayor Cllr Richard Austin joined with heads of state, prime ministers, members of the armed forces and children at more than 850 locations around the world to raise the flag on Commonwealth Day.

As well as the flag flown from Municipal Buildings he also took part in a ceremonial flag raising at Boston West Academy.

This unique initiative, now in its third year, is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

The Commonwealth is made up of 53 sovereign states working together in mutual support towards shared goals of democracy, development, and respect for diversity. It includes some of the world's largest, smallest, richest and poorest countries, with two billion citizens drawn from all faiths and ethnicities, half of them under 25 years old.

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Boston Mayor Cllr Richard Austin with the Commonwealth Day proclamation beneath the flag flying from Municipal Buildings in West Street.