SCHOOL pupils helped East Renfrewshire Council to mark Commonwealth Day.

Primary seven students from Busby Primary joined Provost Alastair Carmichael and Lord Lieutenant Guy Clark at a flag-raising ceremony at the council’s Giffnock headquarters.

The flag was one of 850 Commonwealth flags flown across the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and overseas territories on Monday.

Enabling participants to show appreciation for the values it upholds, the ‘Fly a Flag’ event marks a collective public expression of commitment to the Commonwealth.

Provost Carmichael said: “Today’s event is an opportunity for each of us to mark Commonwealth Day, wherever we may be, and to consider at the same time the personal and communal contributions we can make towards shaping the future we share.

“All of us can find mutual enrichment through establishing links with others across the full spectrum of Commonwealth countries.

“I was delighted that the pupils from Busby Primary were also able to be part of this event, as we look to educate future generations about the importance of collaboration and integration.”