The Mayor of Colchester, Cllr Robert Davidson, is encouraging residents across the borough to pay their respects to HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, during a one minute national silence at 3pm on Saturday 17th April.
The Mayor and Mayoress, who will be marking the occasion at home, are asking others to continue to follow public health advice – particularly on avoiding meeting in large groups – by not gathering at the town’s War Memorial or in other public spaces.
The Mayor of Colchester said: “Our thoughts and condolences are with Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family during this very sad and difficult time.
“His Royal Highness Prince Philip was a loyal and dedicated servant to our Queen and a devoted public servant whose legacy will be felt by millions at home, across the Commonwealth and around the world, for many years to come.
“I am sure you will want to join the Mayoress and I, at 3pm on Saturday, and pause briefly to reflect on the life of Prince Philip – whether to remember him as Her Majesty’s loyal consort, a naval hero, as the creator of The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award or as the patron of more than 800 charities.
“The best way to observe the one minute national silence and watch the live TV coverage of Prince Philip’s funeral will be to follow safe social distancing at home.”
Flags will continue to fly at half-mast from the Town Hall, Colchester Castle and Rowan House until 8am on Sunday, when the online Book of Condolence will also be closed.
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