Swanage pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II

A book of condolences has been opened at Swanage Library and people are being invited to lay flowers at the bandstand following the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

There will also be the reading of the Proclamation of the Accession by Swanage Town Mayor Tina Foster at Swanage Bandstand at 4 pm on Sunday 11th September 2022, attended by other councillors and local dignitaries. Everyone is invited to come along.

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Swanage Bandstand

The reading of the Proclamation will take place at Swanage Bandsatnd at 4 pm on Sunday 11th September 2022. People are also invited to lay flowers there if they wish to do so

King Charles III’s accession to the throne

The Proclamation of Accession is the formal sharing of the news that the monarch has died and that the heir has acceded to the throne.

It will take place at St James’s Palace in London at 10 am on Saturday 10th September 2022 and then be read out across the country to inform all the nation of His Majesty King Charles III’s accession to the throne.

Town Hall Flag at half mast after death of Queen

The Union Flag at half mast at Swanage Town Hall in the High Street

“She has been a huge part of all our lives”

Mayor of Swanage Tina Foster, who will lead the ceremony at the bandstand on Sunday, said:

“It is with great sadness that I heard of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. As the longest serving monarch in British history, she has been a huge part of all our lives.

“The Town Council extends its heartfelt condolences to His Majesty The King and members of the Royal Family. The Union Flag is being flown at half-mast on the Town Hall as we remember the lifetime of service which Her Majesty The Queen devoted to our Nation.

“God Save The King’.

A sombre scene with a flag flying at half mast on Swanage seafront

Signong of the Book of condolence for the Queen

Signing the book of condolence

Book of condolence at the library

A book of condolence is now open at Swanage Library in the High Street for people wishing to express their respect and Swanage Town Council has suggested if people wish to lay flowers, that they should do so around the upper path of the bandstand.

It’s asking for them not to be placed inside the bandstand as that’s where the Proclamation reading will take place on Sunday.

Tribute to the Queen in shop window
Tribute to the Queen in shop window

Shop windows in Swanage reflect on the life of Her Majesty

Two minute silence at Swanage Folk Festival

The decision was made to go ahead with the Swanage Folk Festival as many visitors had already travelled to the event, however the festival opened on Friday 9th September with a two minute silence to pay its respect to the Queen.

The Sunday afternoon concert at Sandpit Field will stop at 4pm while the reading of the Proclamation of Accession takes place nearby at the bandstand.

Swanage Folk Festival 2022

A two minute silence was held at the opening of the Swanage Folk Festival in the marquee at Sandpit Field

Football matches cancelled

All football matches have been postponed by the Football Association including those of Swanage Town and Herston Football Club. A statement from the Dorset Premier League said:

“Her Majesty the Queen was a long-standing Patron of The FA. As a mark of respect, following her passing, English football has united to postpone all fixtures between 9th to 11th September.

“The FA confirm that all fixtures across grassroots football in England will now be postponed.”

Tribute to the Queen in shop window

The Queen: “…the rock on which modern Britain was built.” A display in the Crystals shop in Swanage

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