Mayor leads Blackpool tribute to Duke of Edinburgh

Blackpool Mayor Coun Amy Cross has led tributes to the Duke of Edinburgh as the Union Jack on the Town Hall was lowered to half mast.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:17 pm

The Tower will also be lit in red, white and blue to honour his life.

Coun Cross said: "On behalf of Blackpool Council I want to express our great sadness at the death of The Duke of Edinburgh.

“We have been fortunate enough to welcome The Duke of Edinburgh to Blackpool on numerous occasions over the years, accompanying the Queen to local schools, as

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The Union Jack flies at half mast on Blackpool Town Hall

well as to the Royal Variety Performance, most recently in 2009.

“Not only has he been a constant companion and support at the Queen’s side but his charity work and belief in young people has had an extremely positive contribution on Blackpool and the country as a whole.

“Thousands of Blackpool youngsters have completed The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme over the 60 years which it has been running for, helping them become independent young adults who offer real value to the local community.

“To honour his life and service to the country, we will be flying the Union Flag on the Town Hall at half-mast and the Blackpool Tower will be illuminated in red, white and blue.

“Following the period of mourning, we will be writing to the Royal Family to offer our deepest condolences, from the people of Blackpool.”

People wishing to lay flowers can do so at the Cenotaph while ensuring they adhere to social distancing restrictions.

An online book of condolence will be available in the coming days at www.royal.uk

County Coun Susie Charles, chairman of Lancashire County Council, has also paid tribute to Prince Philip.

She said: "We share the country's deep sadness at the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh, who served his country with dignity for more than 60 years alongside Queen Elizabeth II.

"Thousands of people saw The Duke, along with the Queen, on many official Royal visits, including most recently to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Duchy of Lancaster."

She added: "Prince Philip made a tremendous contribution to our communities through the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, which provides vital opportunities to young people across Lancashire.

"The Duke of Edinburgh was deeply respected by people across the county and will be sadly missed."

To sign an electronic book of condolence and find out more about how Lancashire will be marking the death of HRH Prince Philip, visit https://www.lancashire.gov.uk/duke-of-edinburgh/