Please see below the information provided by County Councillor Batey regarding the Passing of Her Majesty The Queen:
In view of yesterday’s sad news about Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, a number of Residents have been asking about Books of Condolence and places to lay floral tributes.
Books of Condolence so far are located at:
Holy Trinity Church Pelton and into Ouston Community Centre on Monday 12th September, details below. Please click on the following link to post messages of Condolence online – www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence
The Book of Condolence will be available at Ouston Community Centre from Monday, for members of our Community to sign.
Times the centre will be open Monday 12th to Sunday 18th are as follows:
Monday 8am -3pm, 6:15pm – 9pm
Tuesday 8am – 12pm, 1pm – 3pm.
Wednesday 8am – 3pm, 6pm – 8pm
Thursday 8am – 4pm, 7pm – 9pm.
Friday 8am – 12pm
Saturday 9am – 1pm
Sunday No opening
The most appropriate location for floral tributes is Ouston Flagpole, which was erected to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. You will be able to park in the carpark adjacent to the flagpole. Could we request plastic to be removed where possible to enable tributes to be composted after the funeral.
Below is the wider communication that has been issued by Durham County Council:
“Death of Her Majesty The Queen
Details of remembrance arrangements in County Durham have been released following the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
As a mark of respect, flags at County Hall, Durham Town Hall, Crook Civic Centre and the council offices in Green Lane, Spennymoor, are now flying at half-mast.
Books of condolence are available for people to sign at a number of council venues:
• Barnard Castle Customer Access Point and Library
• Bishop Auckland Town Hall
• Chester-le-Street Library
• Consett Leisure Centre
• Crook Civic Centre
• Gala Durham
• Newton Aycliffe Library and Leisure Centre
• Peterlee Library
• Seaham Customer Access Point
• Spennymoor Leisure Centre
• The Louisa Centre, Stanley
• The Dales Centre, Stanhope
A national online book of condolence has been opened by Buckingham Palace and can be found at www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence.
Floral tributes can also be left at Chester-le-Street Market Place, Bishop Auckland Town Hall, Millennium Place in Durham City, at the front of Crook Civic Centre, Consett War Memorial and outside The Witham at Barnard Castle.
In line with Royal protocol, the proclamation of King Charles III will be read by the High Sheriff for County Durham in Durham Market Place at 1pm on Sunday 11 September. It will then be read again in communities across the county later that day.
To enable visitors to attend the proclamation, the council’s park and ride service will be operating from Belmont to the city centre from 10am to 4pm on Sunday. Meanwhile, Claypath and the Peninsula will be closed to all traffic from 11.30am to 2.30pm.
A service of remembrance will be held in Durham Cathedral on Saturday 17 September at 3pm. Members of the public can book a free ticket to attend the service from the cathedral’s website at www.durhamcathedral.co.uk. Services will also be held in churches around the county over the coming days.”