Mayor helps celebrate Commonwealth

18:01, Mar 10 2014
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CELEBRATORY LUNCH: The Royal Overseas League celebrates Commonwealth Day with a luncheon and Timaru District Mayor Damon Odey as guest speaker.

A lamb roast and a few words from Timaru's mayor was how the South Canterbury branch of the Royal Overseas League celebrated yesterday's Commonwealth Day.

Commonwealth Day is a day to celebrate the uniting of the Commonwealth nations under one sovereign and each year the South Canterbury league commemorates the day with a luncheon, a guest speaker, and a message from the Queen.

League president Len Home said he looked forward to the luncheon each year, and it was a fantastic way to recognise the common values of the joint nations.

"We have been brought together under the Empire, and now share a common purpose, and values," Mr Home said.

Commonwealth Day has been observed simultaneously by 53 countries on the second Tuesday in March since 1977, and celebrates the union of these nations.

Each year has a theme. This year focused on Glasgow's upcoming Commonwealth Games with the motto #TeamCommonwealth.

Mayor Damon Odey said he was honoured to be invited to talk to the group about the future of the district, and issues facing the region.

"We always lose the youth as they move away for university, and right now we have to figure out how to attract them back. We can't rely on the senior citizens to be paying the majority of the rates," Mr Odey said.

He said it was also an added bonus to speak at a lunch.


The Timaru Herald