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Statement from Oldham Council upon the death of Queen Elizabeth II

All of us here at Oldham Council are deeply saddened to hear of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

Our thoughts are with the Royal Family and we will be writing to Buckingham Palace to offer our condolences.

We were honoured to have been visited by Queen Elizabeth on a number of occasions during her reign, and our Queen Elizabeth Hall was so-named after being built to mark the Silver Jubilee celebrations. Our new town centre park is also set to be named in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We are opening a number of Books of Condolence at Council buildings across our borough, and people are invited to sign these to pay their respects. A National Condolence Online Book is also available to sign.

As a mark of respect the Union Flag has been lowered to half-mast at all council buildings.

The Mayor will be reading out the Proclamation of the new King on the steps of Oldham Parish Church at 1.30pm on Sunday 11 September, and members of the public are invited to attend.

The Books of Condolence are now available to sign at Oldham Civic Centre; Trinity Methodist Church in Royton; Chadderton Town Hall; Failsworth Library; Oldham Parish Church and St Chad’s in Uppermill. People are also invited to lay floral tributes at the Civic Centre; Trinity Methodist Church in Royton; Chadderton Town Hall; Failsworth Pole and at St Chad’s in Uppermill.

Meanwhile, the Mayor will be cancelling all her Civic engagements as a mark of respect, until after the Queen’s funeral.

During this period of mourning we will be reflecting on the Queen’s tremendous life of service to us here in the UK and across the Commonwealth.

Mayor of Oldham, Councillor Elaine Garry

Leader of the Council, Councillor Amanda Chadderton

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