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How crowds gathered in Evesham and Pershore to witness history

Evesham Editorial 18th Sep, 2022   0

KING Charles III accession to the throne was confirmed in a series of proclamations across the county including three services in Evesham and Pershore.

Mayor of Evesham Coun Mark Goodge took to the stage outside the Town Hall in Market Square on Sunday (September 11) to lead the ceremony in which the town offered its support to the monarch.

The people of Pershore also offered their support on the same day to the former Prince of Wales, 73, who became King following the death of the Queen at the age of 96.

A service was held in the heart of Pershore for the town to offer its support before a service at Wychavon District Council’s Civic Centre base.

Dignitaries and the public gathered to hear King Charles III officially proclaimed King in Wychavon.

Nicholas Wentworth-Stanley, the county’s Deputy Lieutenant representing the Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire, His Majesty’s representative in the county, opened proceedings.

He told the crowd: “We come together this afternoon following the death of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth the Second. Our sadness at this time is shared by people across the globe, as we remember with affection and gratitude the lifetime of service given by our longest-reigning monarch.

“But the basis on which our monarchy is built has ensured that through the centuries the Crown has passed in an unbroken line of succession.

Before reading the proclamation Coun Alex Sinton, chairman of Wychavon District Council, told those present: “In an age where modern methods of communication convey news around the globe in an instant, the proclamation is no longer the means by which people learn for the first time that they have a new monarch.

“Today, however, is one of the first occasions when communities have an opportunity to come together and reflect on the moment in our nation’s history when the reign of our longest-serving monarch came to an end and our new Sovereign succeeded.”

The proclamation was then read out before cheers of God Save The King.

Ali Duggan then led the crowd in singing the national anthem before three cheers were given for His Majesty The King to end the event.

The Union flag outside the Civic Centre was raised during the proclamation and will now remain at half-mast until after HM The Queen’s funeral.

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