Representatives from a range of organisations joined the Mayor of Burnley today to mark the annual Commonwealth Day.
The Commonwealth flag was raised over Burnley Town Hall before a short Civic reception.
The Mayor Councillor Howard Baker, was joined by deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire Terry Hephrun, local councillors and representatives from the community.
The annual celebration is observed every year across the world on the second Monday of March.
Commonwealth Day brings together people from countries in Africa, Europe, the Caribbean, Americas, Asia and the Pacific.
The theme of this year’s celebrations is ‘Towards a Common Future’.
The Commonwealth association said: “‘Towards a Common Future’ renews our Commonwealth vision and commitment to building on the individual and collective strengths of all member countries to respond to global challenges, and deliver a more prosperous, secure, sustainable and fair future for all of our citizens, particularly our young people.”
More than 2.4 billion people live in the 53 nations that make the Commonwealth, accounting for 30 per cent of the world’s population.
The celebration was originally known as Empire Day and was first celebrated on May 24 1902 – Queen Victoria’s birthday.
Today Commonwealth Day is a reminder of the bonds between Britain and its closest allies.