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Thursday March 16 2017
From left to right: Cameron Stein (1st Kirkliston); Jon Rodgers (28th West Kent); Cabrini Brown (1st Ballygowan), Tom Baird (BB Young Leader) and Lucy Mawhinney (1st Lylehill)
A member of a Boys' Brigade company near Edinburgh was among the guests at a special Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey earlier this week, which was attended by the Queen.
Cameron Stein of the 1st Kirkliston, near Edinburgh, was among a group of representatives of the BB from across the UK, who joined around 800 children and young people at the celebration service, which was attended by the Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, and other members of the royal family, as well as faith leaders, senior politicians and dignitaries from across the UK.
The Service celebrated the 2017 Commonwealth theme of ‘A Peace-building Commonwealth’, reaffirming the Commonwealth Charter principle that 'international peace and security, sustainable economic growth and development and the rule of law are essential to the progress and prosperity of all’.
Bill Stevenson, chief executive of the Boys' Brigade, said: “The group of BB young people from across the UK did a super job representing the organisation at such a prestigious event.
“We have a lot in common with the Commonwealth, as the Boys’ Brigade is itself a worldwide organisation. Whether a member in Kenya or in the UK, we hope that our young people recognise that they are part of a worldwide family.”
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, DBE and Ms Fadumo Olow, a young Muslim woman from the Youth Sport Trust, processed The Queen’s Baton to the High Altar with Commonwealth athletes Anna Meares OAM and Kurt Fearnley OAM.
The event was broadcast live on BBC One and relayed live on BBC World Service.
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