Parish Councillors, local schoolchildren, clergy and members of the community gathered together on Monday 13th March 2017 at Carrside Youth & Community Project to celebrate Commonwealth Day. The Chairman of the Parish Council officiated at the event which included children from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs RC Primary, Esh Winning, Browney Academy, Silver Trees Primary and St. Joseph’s RC Primary in Ushaw Moor and Brandon Primary. The Chairman opened the event by welcoming everyone present and then read out a message from the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Nations. The commonwealth affirmation was read by Poppy Jackson, from Our Lady Queen of Martyrs school and the children from Brandon Primary read out short pieces about the 12 principles of peace-making and displayed bunting made up of the 53 Commonwealth flags. Refreshments were provided by Carrside Youth Club following the ceremony.