CONDOLENCE books and the laying of flowers are all available to residents of Warwick district wishing to pay their own personal tribute to Her Majesty, the late Queen Elizabeth II.
As the country falls into a period of ten days of mourning, ahead of the Queen’s state funeral, councils and other pivotal organisations in the area are marking this sad time in their own way. They are also providing channels for a public outpouring locally.
The flag at Warwick Town Hall is flying at half mast and will remain in that position until 8am on the day after the funeral.
Warwick District Council (WDC) has organised places across the district where residents can lay flowers.
These are at Abbey Fields in Kenilworth, on the area adjacent to the car park and St Nicholas Church, Market Square in Warwick, Jephson Gardens on the lawns adjacent to the Avery Café and Davies Clocktower in Leamington and Acre Close, adjacent to the civic centre in Whitnash.
WDC say people are welcome to leave flowers or plants, but not to leave them wrapped in paper or plastic and to avoid leaving candles. Those placed outside of the designated areas will be moved to the official area and all items will be removed the day after the funeral to be composted, where possible.
The council have also opened a book of condolence for people to sign from today (Friday) at the Pump Rooms in Leamington.
The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) has advised that ticket holders for upcoming performances should check the RSC website rsc.org.uk for updates, such as changes to, or cancellations, of future performances.
The RSC also announced it will be organising a public screening of the funeral in the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. This will be a ticketed event open to everyone. Details are to be confirmed in due course.
Flags are flying at half mast at Shire Hall council offices in Warwick. Members of the community are also invited to sign an online book of condolences set up by Warwickshire County Council (WCC) or alternatively there is a condolence book available at Shire Hall to sign in person.
This condolence book will be kept in WCC’s archives for future generations to read, along with passing it to the Palace in due course. Chairman of the Council, Coun Dave Humphreys, will be writing to the Royal Family offering the council’s condolences.
While the county’s places of worship are open as places for reflection.