How St Helens Borough residents can pay tribute to Her Majesty The Queen
A book of condolence is on display in St Helens Town Hall for residents wishing to pay their respects to the Royal Family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II.
Article date: 9 September 2022
The book is now available to sign at the main reception area from today (Friday 9 September) and the town hall will be open over the weekend (Saturday: 10am-2pm) (Sunday: 10am-3pm) as well as weekdays between 9am-6pm until Tuesday 20 September.
Arrangements are in place for residents with mobility issues.
Books of condolence are available in St Helens, Chester Lane, Haydock, Newton and Rainhill libraries from 10am to 1pm on Saturday 10 September.
Books will be available in all libraries from Tuesday 13 September. Find opening times for libraries across St Helens.
A national online book of condolence has also been opened at www.royal.uk/send-message-condolence.
Flower tributes can be laid on the grassed area around the Queen Victoria Statue in Victoria Square, St Helens, and round the statue in the Remembrance Meadow in Mesnes Park, Newton-le-Willows, until Monday 19 September 2022.
A formal reading of the proclamation ceremony, led by the Mayor of St Helens Borough, Councillor Sue Murphy, will take place outside St Helens Town Hall at 2pm on Sunday 11 September.
The Union Flag will fly at half-mast above St Helens and Earlestown town halls.
During her reign, Her Majesty visited St Helens Borough on three occasions. First in 1954 as part of her Coronation tour, then in 1961 visiting the Pilkington Float Glass Plant, and lastly in 1977 as part of her Silver Jubilee.
St Helens Borough Council Leader, Councillor David Baines, said: "The thoughts and prayers of everyone in St Helens Borough are with the Royal Family at this tragic time for them, and for us all.
"Throughout her entire life Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth provided leadership which defined post-war Britain. Through her outstanding and selfless public service she gave us stability and strength, and was our one constant during an age which saw significant change in almost every other part of our lives.
"In the coming days and weeks, we will mourn, and we will reflect on her remarkable life with awe and gratitude."