How Evesham and Pershore have paid respect to the life and duty of the Queen - The Evesham Observer

How Evesham and Pershore have paid respect to the life and duty of the Queen

Evesham Editorial 16th Sep, 2022   0

EVESHAM and Pershore residents, community groups and civic dignitaries have joined millions across the world in mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II, writes Rob George.

Tributes have been paid, floral tributes laid, flags fly at half-mast and books of condolence have been opened as people reflect on the passing of the only monarch the vast majority of people will have known in their lifetime.

After lying in state in Westminster Abbey, the Queen will be laid to rest in a state funeral on Monday (September 19) before a private family service at Windsor Castle.

Councils and other groups are marking Her Majesty’s extraordinary reign, while also providing residents with the chance to pay their respects to Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Union flag bunting put up in Evesham to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee earlier this summer has been removed as official guidance states the flag must be flown at half-mast or not displayed at all during this period of mourning. The flag outside the Almonry will remain at half-mast until after the Queen’s funeral.

A book of condolence is also available to sign at the Almonry until 5pm on Tuesday (September 20) while a second has been opened at Wallace House Community Centre which is available until 5pm today (Friday). All Saints Church has also opened a book of condolence in the Queen’s memory.

Floral tributes in Evesham can be laid by the town’s flag pole outside the Almonry while in Pershore flowers may be left on Abbey Park by the Preaching Cross at the side of the Abbey opposite St Andrews Gardens.

Books of condolence have been opened in Pershore at the Town Hall on the High Street and at the Abbey.

Lord-Lieutenant of Worcestershire Lt Col Patrick Holcroft CVO OBE, the Queen’s representative in the county said: “The nation has been transformed from a victorious yet war-weary imperial power into the modern, outward-looking country of today; and her part in that transformation has been simply immeasurable.

“Her late Majesty’s remarkable legacy at home and abroad will endure and she will continue to command the deepest respect, affection, admiration and gratitude of us all.’

“God Save The King.”

The proclamation for King Charles III was read in Evesham and at two ceremonies in Pershore on Sunday (September 11) as both towns and Wychavon District Council held ceremonies.

This was followed by a rendition of the national anthem and three cheers for the new king by local dignitaries and residents.

An online book of condolence has also been opened by Warwickshire County Council.

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