Flag Raising Marks End of National Mourning
Union flags are flying full mast over key Council buildings across South Tyneside once again, marking the end of the national mourning period.
Council services are operating as normal from today (Tuesday 20 September) following the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, which was declared a Bank Holiday.
Local people still have until 6pm tonight to sign Books of Condolence at South Shields and Jarrow town halls, The Word in South Shields and Hebburn Central.
People who are unable to visit a venue can contribute a message to the South Tyneside book via email at email@example.com or they can sign the Royal Family's e-book of condolence at www.royal.uk
In accordance with issued guidance, floral tributes which have been left at Council buildings will be respectfully collected for composting for future use. Any messages left with flowers will be gathered and compiled into an archive.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Pat Hay said: "The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has been an incredibly significant and poignant event in the history of our country.
"The official mourning period has allowed us collectively, as a nation, to reflect upon, and express our enormous gratitude for the Queen's lifetime of unswerving service and devotion.
"While the sadness of her passing is shared by people around the world, we also look to a new era under the reign of our new Monarch, King Charles III.
"The Queen will always remain a much-loved, respected and honoured sovereign and we will be looking at how we can commemorate her in South Tyneside in the future."
Public council meetings are also resuming from today.
For further information visit the Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk