Mayor of Sefton Cllr Clare Carragher signs the Book of Condolence for Queen Elizabeth II at Bootle Town Hall

The Mayor of Sefton will be reading the official Proclamation this Sunday (11th September 2022). which will see the borough formally recognise King Charles III.

Cllr Clare Carragher will read the Proclamation at Bootle Town Hall at 1pm, followed by Southport Town Hall at 2.30pm. 

A Sefton Council spokesperson said: “Members of the public are welcome to join us to mark this sombre occasion, lay flowers or sign the Book of Condolence.” 

‘The Proclamation’ is the official announcement of the new monarch, which will take place following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday. . 

It was confirmed earlier today that the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will take place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19th September at 11am. 

The day has been declared as a Bank Holiday. 

In Southport, Queen Elizabeth II is being remembered through a Book of Condolence which is in place at The Atkinson on Lord Street in Southport town centre for people to sign. 

Areas outside the Princess Diana Memorial Gardens on Lord Street, Southport and Bootle Town Hall have been designated as places where residents can leave floral tributes in memory of Her Majesty the Queen.

Flags at Southport Town Hall and all flags at council buildings and assets across the borough have been lowered to half-mast.

Books of Condolence at both The Atkinson in Southport and Bootle town hall will be collated and archived.

Both The Atkinson in Southport and Bootle Town Hall have been open since yesterday (Friday 9th September) and will remain open between 9am and 5pm for residents and visitors to sign the books of condolence. In the event of large crowds forming, a queuing system will be in place at both buildings. 

An online book of remembrance has also been made available by Buckingham Palace and will soon be available via the Sefton Council website

For Sefton residents who cannot access the online book of remembrance, printed Condolence Cards will be available from all Sefton Libraries and Family Wellbeing Centres. These can be filled in by hand and either returned to one of the libraries or family wellbeing centres or can be posted back to either Southport or Bootle Town Halls.  These cards will be collated and stored in council archives.

During the mourning period and state funeral, some of the Mayor of Sefton’s engagements may be cancelled as a mark of respect. Other engagements during this period may begin with a period of silence to honour the Queen’s passing.

Floral tributes at both Southport and Bootle will remain in place until after the state funeral. These will then be sensitively collected and disposed of in an appropriate fashion.

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