Crewkerne Town Crier David Craner recited the Commonwealth Affirmation as the flag, which represents the 53 independent and equal sovereign states from across the globe, was raised at the town hall on Monday morning. The Commonwealth flag raised in Crewkerne at 10 am, was one of more than a thousand flags raised across the UK in the Fly A Flag for the Commonwealth initiative, which is now in its fourth year and had this year’s theme of ‘Towards A Common Future’.
As a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, it enables participants to show appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with fellow Commonwealth citizens around the world. The Secretary General of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Right Honourable Patricia Scotland QC said: “Fly A Flag is a wonderful opportunity for local communities to come together to celebrate the remarkable diversity and inclusiveness of the Commonwealth and the many ways in which the lives and livelihoods of its 2.4 billion citizens are enriched through Commonwealth connection and cooperation. By working together locally and globally we learn from one another and make progress for the good of all.”
At Crewkerne Town Hall the Commonwealth flag was raised by deputy town clerk Laura Gowers and the affirmation delivered by town crier David Craner after the customary Oyez Oyez Oyez. David declared: “Joining together as members of one worldwide Commonwealth community, and valuing the personal dignity and worth of every citizen, we raise the flag as a symbol of the ties of kinship and affinity that we cherish. We draw inspiration from our diversity, and the opportunities for working together as a rich source of wisdom and a powerful influence for good in the world. We affirm our commitment to upholding the values set out in the Commonwealth Charter, to serving one another in a spirit of respect and understanding, and to advancing development, democracy and cooperation locally, nationally and internationally.” David concluded with ‘God Save The Queen’. Her Majesty The Queen is the Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Town crier David Craner is back ‘yelling and belling’ after taking time out due to health issues. He has been the town crier for Crewkerne for around 11 years and will be in the town regularly on the first Friday of every month, beginning on April 6th, at 12 noon outside the town hall and at 12.30 pm in Falkland Square. David said: “If you have any announcements for your event or business, please let me know either in person or through the town council. Surprise greetings always go down well.”