Year 11 Prefects and House Captains joined members of Teignbridge District Council, invited local dignitaries and the Mayor of Newton Abbot, to mark Commonwealth Day at Old Forde House on Monday 11 March.
The day was especially significant, as it marks the seventieth anniversary of the London Declaration, that saw the official formation of the Commonwealth and its constituent countries. Students and guests gathered to listen to a special message from her Majesty the Queen, delivered by Cllr Avril Kerswell, Teignbridge District Council’s Chairman, before marking the day with the raising of the Commonwealth flag.
Cllr Avril Kerswell said: “I am honoured to have hosted this event which celebrates our Commonwealth history. It is always lovely to see so many people take the time to come along and this year it was fantastic to be joined once again by local councillors, civic dignitaries and students from Newton Abbot College. Thank you everyone for your time as this is a special occasion that is celebrated around the world.”
Year 11 Newton Abbot College prefect, Charlie Ryder said: “It was a very enlightening experience and we felt welcomed into this important occasion marked by the local community. It made me feel proud to be a part of something as important as the Commonwealth.”