COUNCIL ISSUES STATEMENT AS NATION OBSERVES PERIOD OF MOURNING
THE Mayor, Councillor Jamie Hutchison, councillors and officers of Gosport Borough Council have expressed their deep sadness following the announcement of the death of the United Kingdom’s longest serving monarch, Queen Elizabeth II, at the age of 96.
Her reign of 70 years led the country through many difficult times with dignity, grace and determination.
The council will be flying flags at half-mast as a mark of respect, and would like to extend its deepest condolences to the Royal Family, “who remain in our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time”.
The Mayor said: “I am deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, and on behalf of the council and the residents of Gosport, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our condolences to her family.”
Condolence books will be opened and available for members of the public to sign at the Town Hall from Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. Additional books of condolence are available at Gosport Discovery Centre, Holy Trinity Church and St Faith’s Church, Lee-on-the-Solent.
The Palace will be opening an online book of condolence should members of the public wish to express their condolences direct to the Palace – https://www.royal.uk/ . The council’s on line book of condolence can be found at https://www.gosport.gov.uk/condolence
A designated area for floral tributes is located in David Lawrence Square and will be removed sensitively one week after the State Funeral.
PICTURED: Gosport Mayor Jamie Hutchison in ceremonial regalia for the Falklands Anniversary parade through the town centre earlier this year