South Shields town hall lit purple as South Tyneside mourns Prince Philip
South Shields town hall has been lit purple as South Tyneside mourns the Duke of Edinburgh.
As a mark of respect, South Shields Town Hall has been lit purple and will continue to be so until the day of His Royal Highness’ funeral on Saturday, April 17.
A letter of condolence has also been sent to the Royal Family.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick, said: “The loss of His Royal Highness has been met with great sadness from residents across the borough.
“As the longest serving British consort, His Royal Highness has represented the nation on a global stage over seven decades.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this time.”
The Shields Gazette has opened an online book of condolence for readers to sign, which will be printed on Monday April 19.
Communities across the country are paying their respects following the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, but are being asked to do so safely.
The Mayor added: “We know people will want to pay their respects and make their own personal tributes. The current situation and restrictions in place have prevented us all from commemorating His Royal Highness in the way we would have done under ordinary circumstances.
“We ask the residents of South Tyneside, as people around the country are being requested, to pay their respects in line with the current public health advice.”
As advised by Buckingham Palace and, in with the public health advice, members of the public are asked to continue to follow the current Government guidance, not to gather in crowds or visit key buildings to pay their respects.
The Royal Family has requested that members of the public consider making a donation to charity, instead of leaving floral tributes in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh. However, no-one is obliged to donate during these difficult times.
South Tyneside Council will join the nation in observing in a two-minute silence at 3pm on Saturday April 17.
Buckingham Palace has opened an e-Book of Condolence on the Royal Family’s website at www.royal.gov.uk for people who wish to leave a personal tribute.