Events cancelled, flags lower and church bells ring following death of Queen

The flag at Richmond Castle is being flown at half mast. Photo: Airborne Artwork.

Events have been cancelled, flags have been lowered, church bells have rung and a book of condolences has opened following the death of the Her Majesty, the Queen yesterday.

Richmondshire District Council is now flying the union flag at half mast above Mercury House and at Friary Gardens in Richmond.

The flags will fly at half mast throughout the period of mourning except during the proclamation periods when they may be raised in line with national guidance, council officials say.

A book of condolence will open at Mercury House on Monday – residents are welcome to add their messages to it during opening hours from 8.45am to 5.15pm Monday to Thursday and 8.45am to 4.45pm on Fridays.

Alternatively messages can be added to the national book of mourning at www.royal.uk

Floral tributes can be placed in Friary Gardens in Richmond.

The chairman of the council, Councillor Lorraine Hodgson, will place flowers in the gardens on behalf of the council today.

The local proclamation for the new King Charles III will take place outside the town hall in Richmond on Sunday at 4pm, led by the vice-chairman of the council, Councillor Jimmy Wilson-Petch.

Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Events have been cancelled across the district this weekend including all grassroots adult and junior football fixtures.

A charity music festival planned for Sunday the Buck in Reeth has been cancelled.

Hunton Steam Gathering, however, will still take place this weekend.

A spokesperson said: “With the event all set up and ready to go and in light of our charitable endeavours supporting causes also very close to the nations hearts we intend to continue as planned and look forward to welcoming you all this weekend.

“As a mark of respect for a life devoted to this country – we will hold a two minute silence at 12noon on each day of the show. This will be announced on the day and signified by the steam engine whistles.”

St John’s in Bellerby rang its bell 96 times at noon.

It along with many other churches remained open for people to light a candle and write in books of condolence.

Several have also planned special services  this weekend.

St Andrew’s, in Aysgarth will hold a short service of prayer and reflection tomorrow (Saturday) at 4pm/

And on Sunday (11th) at 4pm there is an Evening Prayer Penhill Benefice Service

Leader of the district council, Councillor Angie Dale, said: ““On behalf of Richmondshire District Council, and the residents and businesses of our district, I send our deepest sympathy to the Royal Family on the death of Her Majesty the Queen.

“The country owes her an enormous debt of gratitude for her long service to us during her reign.

“Our hearts and thoughts along with the rest of the country are with her family during this sad time.”