Higham Ferrers Town Council

Serving the people of Higham Ferrers


Clerk: Mrs Sandra Mitcham
The Town Hall, Market Square
Higham Ferrers
Northamptonshire NN10 8BT

Tel: 01933 312075

In Memory Of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In Memory Of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

In Memory of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh

Higham Ferrers Town Council join with people across the country and the globe in sharing their sadness at the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh. We remember with affection and gratitude the service and devotion given by the Duke to this Country.

As a mark of respect both the Higham Ferrers Town Council flag and the Union flag outside the Town Hall are being flown at half mast.

At this time we reflect with fondness on the visits of the Duke of Edinburgh with his Sovereign wife, Queen Elizabeth II, to her Duchy of Lancaster Estates in Northamptonshire. On the 9th July 1965 the Duke of Edinburgh attended the town with his wife. They were received at Chichele College by the Chancellor of the Duchy and met Duchy farm tenants before proceeding by car to the Market Square where, before the gathered crowd, presentations were made and they were invited to sign the visitor book and photographs of themselves. The visit concluded with a conducted tour of St Mary's Church.

On the 3rd May 1985 the town were fortunate to receive another visit from the Royal couple. On this occasion they signed the visitor book and photographs of themselves in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall. Both the Duke of Edinburgh and the Queen walked through the Market Square greeting members of the crowd.

In memory of the Duke of Edinburgh, who has been the longest serving consort in British history, I have laid a flower wreath at the war memorial on behalf of the Town Council and the people of the town. Amid the covid pandemic we cannot encourage public gatherings. If you wish to lay flowers to mark his passing we ask you to do this with care, with respect for others, and mindful of the current covid social distancing requirements.

Buckingham Palace have opened an online book of condolence. There is no official arrangement for giving donations in memory of The Duke of Edinburgh. However, members of the public who wish to make a donation as a tribute to His Royal Highness are encouraged to give to a charity of their choosing or one of the charities or organisations which The Duke of Edinburgh supported in his public duties. For the book of condolence and further information regarding donations please go to www.royal.uk

Our thoughts and prayers are with Her Majesty the Queen and her family at this time.

The Mayor of Higham Ferrers, Councillor Tina Reavey

Posted: Sat, 10 Apr 2021 16:59 by Emily Arrow

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