We would like to convey our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty the Queen.
It is with deep sorrow that His Majesty The King announced the death of his beloved mother on Thursday 8 September 22.
A message from Her Worshipful, The Mayor of Ashford, Councillor Jenny Webb on the sad news:
“Members and officers of Ashford Borough Council and residents across our borough share the sentiments of loss and sorrow felt all over the world at the passing of such an eminent patriot, whose life has been devoted to the service of her country and the Commonwealth as well as advocating peace and the importance of nations working together.
“She has been our great constant. Throughout her 70-year reign, while every aspect of our lives has changed, her dedicated duty, her decency and her dignity have provided an unending source of stability, reassurance and comfort.
“We offer our most sincere condolences to the Royal family at this most difficult time and will mourn the loss of our Head of State, great Ambassador for the United Kingdom, unifier of the Commonwealth and a leader admired and revered across the globe. Her place in history is surely secured as one of the greatest monarchs in history.”
The Union Flag outside the Civic Centre building in Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL is being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect. In line with flag protocol, we have moved the Union Flag to the flagpole nearest the Civic Centre. Civic buildings with multiple flagpoles deem the flagpole nearest to the building as the most important and therefore, at the time of mourning when only one flag is flown, this is the flagpole it must be flown from.
From today, a period of national mourning has begun and will continue for 10 days until the day of the funeral.
Arrangements have been made for floral tributes to be displayed in the Memorial Gardens in Ashford, with Ashford Borough Council Leader Cllr Gerry Clarkson and Chief Executive Tracey Kerly paying their own tribute on behalf of the Council. The Memorial Gardens is open between 7am to 8pm, seven days a week. If residents would like to leave a floral tribute, please do so when the gardens are open. Floral tributes for Tenterden can be laid near the Tenterden War Memorial. For more details on how residents in Tenterden can leave a floral tribute please visit the Tenterden Town Council website.
We know that many of you will wish to pay your personal tributes to Her Majesty The Queen and a book of condolence is open at the Civic Centre. Tributes can be left Monday to Friday during the hours of 9am-5pm, or over the weekend during 11am-2.45pm.
A book of condolence will be open in Tenterden Town Hall from 9am on Monday, 12 September. There is also a book of condolence located in St. Mildred's Church which is accessible from now.
You can also sign the online book of condolence on the Royal Family website.
On Sunday, 11 September 2022, the Mayor of Ashford Cllr Jenny Webb led a short service at 3pm outside the Civic Centre where she read the Proclamation on the accession of a new Sovereign. You can watch an edited version of the service below.