Commonwealth Day Observance, Monday 10 March 2014
On Monday 10 March, students from William Farr Church of England Comprehensive School in Welton were among the nearly 1000 young people from all corners of the UK in attendance at Westminster Abbey for the annual Commonwealth Day Observance, Britain’s largest annual inter-faith gathering.
The celebration was attended by Her Majesty The Queen and Their Royal Highnesses The Duke of Edinburgh, The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall, The Earl and The Countess of Wessex. This year’s Observance celebrated the 2014 Commonwealth theme ‘Team Commonwealth’.
Speakers included inspirational campaigner Malala Yousafzai, one of Great Britain’s most successful Paralympians Baroness (Tanni) Grey-Thompson and Olympic gold medalist The Lord (Sebastian) Coe.
The critically acclaimed MOBO award winner and Brit nominee Laura Mvula performed and a poem – specially commissioned for Commonwealth Day – was read by South African writer and performance artist Phillippa Yaa de Villiers.
The students present in the Abbey – including those who presented posies to The Queen, Duchess and Countess – have participated in this year’s Commonwealth Essay Competition which calls for creative entries on the 2014 theme ‘Team Commonwealth’.