Torridge district and Bideford town councillors gathered in Bideford today to celebrate Commonwealth Day today (Monday). The Commonwealth flag was raised at Riverbank House in one of 850 ceremonies across the UK and 52 Commonwealth countries. Torridge chairman Councillor Mervyn Langmead said: Constituted by the London Declaration in 1949 the Commonwealth of Nations spans all continents, covering almost a quarter of the world in size and including a third of the worlds total population. In a world of growing discord, Commonwealth Day gives us a chance to celebrate the good things about the human race - peoples from across the world who are united by language, history, culture and the shared values of democracy, human rights and the rule of law. Now in its third year, this initiative is a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth, showing appreciation for the values the Commonwealth upholds, and the opportunities offered for friendship and cooperation with young and old Commonwealth citizens around the world.