𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗼𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝗻𝗻𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗼𝗳 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗵 𝗼𝗳 𝗛𝗲𝗿 𝗠𝗮𝗷𝗲𝘀𝘁𝘆 𝗧𝗵𝗲 𝗤𝘂𝗲𝗲𝗻.
It was with immense sadness that Seaford Town Council learnt of the death of Her Majesty the Queen.
The Queen ruled for longer than any other Monarch in British history and was a much loved and respected figure in Seaford and all over the world. Her Majesty’s extraordinary reign has seen her travel more widely than any other Monarch, undertaking many historic overseas visits. Known for her sense of duty and her devotion to a life of service, she has been an important figurehead for the UK and the Commonwealth during times of enormous social change.
The Queen saw public and voluntary service as one of the most important elements of her work. The Queen has links - as Royal Patron or President - with over 600 charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations. These vary from well-established international charities to smaller bodies working in a specialist area or on a local basis only.
The Queen’s patronages and charities covered a wide range of issues, from opportunities for young people, to the preservation of wildlife and the environment. Having The Queen as Royal patron or president provided vital publicity for the work of these organisations and allowed their enormous achievements and contributions to society to be recognised.
The Queen supported and encouraged achievement in all walks of life through the annual programme of Investitures (at which members of the general public are presented with honours), Garden Parties, receptions and other awards given in The Queen’s name, which allowed The Queen to say ‘thank you’ to all those who contributed to the life of the nation and the Commonwealth.
The Queen carried out all of her duties against the backdrop of a full personal life which saw her raise four children and welcome grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to the Royal Family whilst other members of the Royal Family continue to offer vital support through their work in the UK and overseas.
𝗛𝗼𝘄 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗲𝗮𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗱 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗯𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝗿𝗸𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗶𝗼𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗡𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝗮𝗹 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗶𝗻𝗴:
𝗙𝗹𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗯𝘂𝘁𝗲𝘀: The Mayor of Seaford is laying a floral tribute on behalf of the Town Council near the Queen Elizabeth Gate at The Crouch. Members of the public are welcome to lay flowers or other suitable tributes at this site. The Town Council respectfully request that tributes are made from natural materials rather than plastic, this is to ensure protection to wildlife and the environment. This area will be cleared the day after the funeral.
𝗨𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗙𝗹𝗮𝗴: The Union Flag has been set to half-mast. Tomorrow, at 11 am the flag will be raised to full-mast until 1 pm the following day – this is in line with national guidance due to the cascading of the Proclamation. The flag will remain at half-mast until the day following the funeral when it will be removed.
𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗰𝗹𝗮𝗺𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻: A Proclamation is an official declaration which will formally announce the death of the Sovereign and then the reign of His Majesty The King. The Proclamation is cascaded Nationally, starting at St. James’s Palace, London. It is then read in Edinburgh by Lord Lyon King of Arms at Mercat Cross and at the drawbridge of Edinburgh Castle; in Cardiff by Wales Herald Extraordinary at Cardiff Castle; and in Belfast by Norroy and Ulster King of Arms.
Following this, High Sheriffs will cause the Proclamation to be read at County level with Lord-Lieutenants alongside them.
Once the Proclamation has been read at County level, the Mayor of Seaford will read the local Proclamation at approximately 4 pm on Sunday. This reading will take place at St Leonard’s Church, all are invited to attend.
𝗖𝗶𝘃𝗶𝗰 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲: So our town can pay its own tribute, a public service will be held at St Leonard’s Church for anyone wishing to attend and pay their respects. The confirmed date and time will follow shortly.
𝗕𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗼𝗳 𝗖𝗼𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗻𝗰𝗲: A book of condolence is available at the Tourist Information Centre on Church Street between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm Monday- Friday.
There will be additional openings on Monday 12th September and Thursday 15th September - open until 7 pm and on Sunday 18th September 2 pm - 6 pm until the day following the funeral where it will be closed and stored in local archives, ‘The Keep’ in Falmer.
'In addition to what has been mentioned above, the Council would welcome information about any other community activities or events for mourning or tribute that are taking place in the town in the days ahead and - we would be very happy to help make people aware of these.
The Town Council will issue further statements, if necessary, advising of any further action.