Schoolchildren joined the chairman of Craven District Council on Monday to raise the Commonwealth Flag over Skipton Town Hall.

The new national event, aimed at expressing commitment to the Commonwealth and its values of international co-operation, saw 500 flags being raised across the country.

In Craven, the flag was raised by Coun Donny Whaites with help from St Stephen’s Primary School pupils.

The ceremony included the reading of a specially- written Commonwealth Affirmation.

At the same time, North Yorkshire County Council raised a flag above County Hall, Northallerton, in a ceremony carried out by the Lord Lieutenant Lord Crathorne and children from Mill Hill Community Primary School.

Charity teams also marked the day by taking Commonwealth flags to the top of the country’s four highest national peaks – Cancer Research UK to Scafell Pike in the Lake District, Help for Heroes to Ben Nevis, Scotland, Walking with the Wounded to Mount Snowdon in Wales and Fields of Life to the top of Slieve Donard in Northern Ireland.