The City of Wolverhampton Council will be hosting a service as part of the nationwide celebration of Commonwealth Day on Monday (13 March, 2023).

This year’s theme is about forging a sustainable and peaceful common future to help further promote peace, improve the lives of Commonwealth Citizens and ensure a better future for its young people.

The service will take place on the piazza outside the Civic Centre, starting at 10.30am and finishing at 11am when the Commonwealth ‘flag of peace’ will be raised.

The Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Sandra Samuels OBE, said: “As someone who was born in Jamaica and moved to Wolverhampton aged 10, Commonwealth Day is extremely special – highlighting the strength of the unique bond that exists between 56 countries working together to promote prosperity, democracy and global peace.

“This year, we celebrate not only the values that the Commonwealth stands for, but also remember our beloved Queen Elizabeth II who was such a staunch supporter of the institution. 

“This year marks the 10th anniversary of Her Majesty signing the Commonwealth Charter. Wolverhampton is proud to be joining cities across the country in paying our respects to our late Queen and looking forward to a new era with King Charles III as Head of our Commonwealth.

“I hope as many people as possible join us for the flag raising ceremony outside the Civic Centre at 10.30am on Monday, to celebrate the Commonwealth which remains a force for good in our often troubled world.”

There will be a further short service in the Lady Chapel at St Peter’s Collegiate Church at 7.45pm on Monday, and the church bells will ring out at 8pm, as they will at churches across the country.

For more information please visit Commonwealth Day.