Commonwealth Day

AFiUK families at the Commonwealth Day Celebrations in Colchester, UK

Commonwealth Day

Colchester mayor Theresa Higgins raised the Commonwealth Flag at Colchester Town Hall and it will fly above the High Street for a week.

Surrounded by residents and guests, Mrs Higgins read out a personal message from Kamalesh Sharma, Commonwealth Secretary-General, and a Commonwealth Affirmation.

The celebrations included a Fairtrade breakfast at the town hall where 56 people dropped in for Fairtrade muesli, toast and jam, bananas, tea and coffee courtesy of the East of England Co-op.

After the flag-raising, groups including African Families in the UK, hashtag4biz and the Colchester Fairtrade Town Steering Group as well as invited guests to find out more about the Commonwealth.

The drop-in morning featured food, fashion, artefacts and information from some of the 53 member countries.

Rachel Walton, co-founder of African Families in the UK, represented Kenya.

She said: “It was a really good way of integrating and bringing the Commonwealth countries together."

“Some of our countries were colonised by the British and we love this country. This event was a really good way of feeling like we belong.”

Don Manhire, secretary of Colchester’s Fairtrade Town Steering Group, said: “The breakfast was partly to celebrate ten years as a group and partly to celebrate the annual Fairtrade Fortnight."

“As a group, we are trying to increase people’s awareness of the need to buy Fairtrade products."

“It gives a secure price to growers of crops like coffee and tea in poorer countries.”