DIGNITARIES from Alcester recently joined the rest of the world to mark Commonwealth Day.

The town joined the royals and senior figures for the 70th anniversary of the modern Commonwealth, earlier this month.

The theme of this year's event was A Connected Commonwealth, with member countries being urged to protect natural resources and the environment.

In her message, the Queen said the Commonwealth vision "inspires us to find ways of protecting our planet".

In Alcester Mike Gittus, chairman of RBL, officiated with the Queen's message to the Commonwealth, while the Rev Adrian Guthrie did prayers and blessing.

Major Bob Woodfield MBE (retired) raised the flag at St Nicholas Church.

Since 1977, Commonwealth Day has been celebrated annually on the second Monday in March.

The 53 Commonwealth countries in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe, marked the day with a range of activities, such as faith and civic gatherings, school assemblies, flag raising ceremonies, street parties and cultural events.