Canon Paul Maybury blessing the Commonwealth Flag of Peace
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Commonwealth Flag of Peace


If you pass the Civic Hall in Millennium Square you will see the new Flag of Peace flying from the roof of the building. Commemorating the tenth anniversary of the Charter of the Commonwealth, it was blessed by Canon Paul Maybury, Rector at Leeds Minster, in a ceremony on 13th March, Commonwealth Day. Also in attendance were the Lord Mayor of Leeds, the High Sheriff of West Yorkshire and Paul Lawrence, Deputy Lieutenant of West Yorkshire.

The Flag of Peace features a dove of peace in the corner of the Commonwealth flag and was raised simultaneously in 74 cities across the UK, to mark the Commonwealth’s shared values of cooperation in economic and social development, diversity, respect, friendship and the promotion of peace around the world. The flag flies as a symbol of our continued commitment to live up to these values which were enshrined in the 2013 charter, signed by her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

As a church, we pray at all our services for peace, cooperation and friendship between nations, and we are proud to see the Flag of Peace flying over the City of Leeds.

The Commonwealth Flag of Peace flies over Leeds Civic Hall