Half-mast flags, books of condolences, prayer tree and pink roses as Bishop’s Stortford pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II


Civic leaders across the Stortford Indie patch paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following the death of the sovereign on Thursday, September 8 at Balmoral in Scotland.

Bishop’s Stortford City Council issued a statement: “On behalf of the people of Bishop’s Stortford, the City Council would like to send their condolences to the Royal Family on this deeply sad occasion as we remember, with affection and gratitude, the life of service rendered by our longest-reigning monarch.”

As a sign of respect, flags will be flown at half-mast in the council offices of the former Windhill Monastery until the morning of the day following the funeral.

The book of condolences at the Market Square Tourist Information Center (59216994)

Registers of condolences are to be signed in the offices of the town hall and at the Tourist Office of the Place du Marché, Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4 pm. The books will close at 4 p.m. the day after the funeral.

Floral tributes can be laid near the War Memorial in St Michael’s Cemetery in Windhill or near the War Memorial in Castle Gardens.

Residents can gather in the castle gardens on Sunday (September 11) for the proclamation of the new sovereign, King Charles III. All are invited to the ceremony next to the war memorial at 3:30 p.m., when the mayor, Cllr Dave Anderson, is expected to deliver the proclamation of membership of the city council.

The Rev Derek Hinge beside the prayer tree at St Michael's Church (59216988)
The Rev Derek Hinge beside the prayer tree at St Michael’s Church (59216988)

St Michael’s Church was unable to join in the national tribute to Her Majesty on Friday as its bells were sent back for repairs, but it has put up a prayer tree and invites people of all faiths and none to pray, light a candle or just sit in silent reflection.

The bells of St James the Great Church in Thorley rang completely muffled for an hour from midday on Friday. They will ring again for King Charles III on Saturday from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

At Herts and Essex High School, pink roses in Her Majesty’s honor were placed around Warwick Road Secondary.

East Herts Council chairman, Cllr Ian Devonshire of Much Hadham, said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Her Majesty The Queen at Balmoral. Our deepest condolences go out to her family .

The War Memorial in St Michael's Cemetery where people can lay floral tributes (59216990)
The War Memorial in St Michael’s Cemetery where people can lay floral tributes (59216990)

“It’s hard to put into words how deeply we feel this loss. As the longest-serving monarch in British history, Her Majesty The Queen dedicated her life to our country and was a symbol of unity, strength and hope for all of us.The Union flag will be flown at half-mast in the council offices in respect for his extraordinary life and reign.

“I will be writing to His Majesty the King and members of the Royal Family to express our deepest condolences on behalf of the District. Many of you will want to share your own messages and we will be opening condolence books at our offices in Hertford. and Bishop’s Stortford from [Friday] afternoon. The Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire has also made available an electronic book of condolences at www.lord-lieutenant-herts.org.uk/remembrance/ for the public to sign.

“I hope that at this difficult time we can find comfort in our shared memory of a remarkable woman who has united us as Queen in grace and dignity for over 70 years.”

Councilor Annie Brewster (59203821)
Councilor Annie Brewster (59203821)

Cllr Annie Brewster, Chairwoman of Hertfordshire County Council, said: “On behalf of Hertfordshire County Council and the people of Hertfordshire, I would like to express our deepest condolences and gratitude for Hertfordshire’s lifetime of service and dedication. Majesty the Queen.”

Cllr Richard Roberts, Leader of the County Council, said: “Having reigned for 70 years with enormous dignity and wisdom, there can be no doubt that we are unlikely to ever see a monarch reign for such a long time. , nor one that goes so well loved by so many.”

Pink Roses at Herts and Essex High School (59218021)
Pink Roses at Herts and Essex High School (59218021)

Condolence books and a dedicated space for floral tributes have been set up under the arches of County Hall in Hertford for people to pay their respects. Completed books will be kept in the Hertfordshire Archives.

Hertfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner David Lloyd said: “As with my fellow Hertfordshire citizens, I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The country is united in her grief. .

“I would like to send my deepest condolences to the members of the Royal Family and to pay tribute to his long life of service based on a firm faith and a deep-rooted sense of duty. Each of us has been touched by his life. May light perpetual glow on her. God save the king.

The display in the South Street Oxfam store (59216956)
The display in the South Street Oxfam store (59216956)

Paul Burstow, Chairman of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Integrated Care Board, said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and express our sincere sympathy and condolences to the Royal Family. They are in our thoughts during these difficult and painful times.

“As we reflect on the Queen’s lifelong commitment to public service, we are reminded of her ties to the NHS in Hertfordshire and West Essex. Queen Elizabeth II had ties to our region dating back to the early years of her reign. Her Majesty opened the QEII Hospital named in her honor in Welwyn Garden City in 1963, the country’s first general hospital to be built after World War II, and more recently visited the hospital’s Diamond Jubilee Maternity Unit Lister at Stevenage in 2012. His loss will be deeply felt across the country.


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