Games flagged up around UK and the world

Commonwealth day.
Commonwealth day.

The first Fly a Flag for the Commonwealth was held this week, with West Lothian Council playing its part.

The unique event involved councils, community groups and charities from throughout the British Isles taking part in local flag-raising events and ceremonies of dedication to mark Commonwealth Day.

Held at the Civic Centre in Livingston, the West Lothian event included a reading of a specially composed Commonwealth Affirmation, delivery of a message from Her Majesty The Queen and songs from local school choirs.

The Commonwealth Affirmation was read by Depute Provost Dave King.

Lord-Lieutenant for West Lothian, Mrs Isobel Brydie, delivered the message from Her Majesty The Queen before the Commonwealth Flag was raised outside the centre.

Following the flag-raising, pupils from Howden St Andrew’s and Livingston Village Primary Schools performed songs of praise for the Commonwealth.

The flag was hoisted at exactly 10am, to ensure it was raised along with every other flag throughout the United Kingdom, Channel Islands and the Isle of Man.

Commonwealth celebrations also came to Bo’ness Public School which held a day full of activities in celebration of the forthcoming games in Glasgow.

As well as learning about the flags of different countries, youngsters took part in a number of craft activities, including creating their own Commonwealth batons.

Handily, the sun came out as Falkirk Community Trust held tennis lessons for the pupils.

The children killed two birds with one stone, also marking Wear Your Trainers Day which is aimed at promoting health and fitness.