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Police and Crime Commissioners say 'Count us In'

Tall shot 5 PCcs and Flag

L-R: Paddy Tipping (Nottinghamshire), Stephen Mold (Northamptonshire), Lord Willy Bach (Leicestershire); Marc Jones (Lincolnshire) and Hardyal Dhindsa (Derbyshire)

As Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th official birthday draws closer, Derbyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa and his four regional colleagues are urging people of all ages and cultures to join together to celebrate the event.

The East Midlands’ PCCs have joined the growing throng of public figures, organisations, local authorities, towns, cities and businesses from across the country saying ‘count us in’ to One Britain One Nation’s plans for a unified celebration on Friday June 10.

As a mark of national concord at 11am on 10 June 2016, the nation is being encouraged to wish the Queen a very Happy Birthday by singing the National Anthem, or indeed ‘Happy Birthday’ or simply raising three cheers.

“This is a truly historic occasion which brings a great opportunity to wave our flag with pride,” Mr Dhindsa said today.  “I am urging our local partners to join the celebration and will support them to do so in any way I can.”

The five Commissioners, standing side by side with the Union Flag, are supporting the One Britain One Nation Campaign which they hope will lead to people promoting community harmony on the Queen’s very special day.

Mr Dhindsa’s Commissioner colleagues are: Paddy Tipping (Nottinghamshire), Lord Willy Bach (Leicestershire), Stephen Mold (Northamptonshire) and Marc Jones (Lincolnshire).  Mr Dhindsa, the former deputy PCC, Lord Bach, Mr Mold and Mr Jones were elected as PCC for their respective areas for the first time on 5 May while Mr Tipping is now in his second term of office.

“We all look upon the Queen’s birthday as a wonderful day for the nation.  This year in particular it has the potential to increase inclusivity and strengthen respect between our rich and varied cultures,” Mr Dhindsa said.  “The enthusiasm for celebrating the Queen’s Birthday is nothing other than inspiring.”

The One Britain One Nation Campaign was launched in Bradford at the end of January.  Its Chief Executive is Kash Singh, a former Inspector with West Yorkshire Police, who founded the British Indian Association where he was responsible for bringing together thousands of people from diverse backgrounds.

Kash Singh says: “I am delighted by the support shown by the East Midlands’ PCCs and look forward to seeing pictures from their celebrations on June 10.  OBON’s campaign revolves around participation and enthusiasm and the East Midlands’ PCCs are a shining example of what can be achieved and put into place by those who are committed to creating a unified Britain.

“The campaign has inspired people and organisations across the nation to plan events that demonstrate a cohesive approach to community harmony.”


Media Enquiries: Sallie Blair 01283 821012 / 07702 541401

Posted on Monday 30th May 2016
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