Happy Commonwealth Day!

Ever since I invited the Secretary General of the Commonwealth to visit Wolverhampton when I was Mayor of the City. The date of that important visit by the then Commonwealth General Secretary, Mr Don McKinnon was the 3rd March 2006 . I believe, he was the first Commonwealth Secretary General to visit Wolverhampton whilst serving in Office.

I feel very warm towards the Commonwealth, its aims and the good work that the Commonwealth undertakes to improve the lives of children and communities across the World.

This years focus is very much on its 75th Anniversary, and the Commonwealth Service to be held in Westminster Abbey today.

Mary and I wish it well, as I am sure Wednesfield and the City of Wolverhampton does as well! Mayor Hardaker our current Mayor with Wolverhampton City Council will be raising the Commonwealth Flag over the City Centre this morning.

Phil Bateman

Phil Bateman is Married to Mary and lives in Wednesfield North. He was a long serving local politician having served previously on the now defunct West Midlands County Council... read more