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More than 4,000 people leave messages of condolence for The Queen at Worcester Guildhall

Published: 21 September 2022

A total of 4,450 messages were left in the Books of Condolence opened at Worcester Guildhall following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Worcester City Council opened the books within hours of the news being released by Buckingham Palace on Thursday, 8 September. The first message to be left was from the Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson.

The Guildhall extended its opening hours throughout the period of National Mourning to give city residents and visitors the chance to leave their memorial messages to the late monarch.

The Books were closed on Tuesday, 20 September, at 6pm.

Throughout the period of National Mourning the Mayor's macebearers were on duty to greet people and help them on their visit to the Guildhall. The Mayor also joined the macebearers during the week, to meet mourners in person.

The Mayor said: "People of every age, creed, and persuasion came to the Guildhall to sign the Books of Condolence and I was struck by the amount of children and young people expressing their sorrow and respect.

"I want to thank the Guildhall staff, especially the small team of macebearers, who worked over and above expectation to add dignity and solemnity to this historic occasion."

The City Council's Managing Director has written to Buckingham Palace to inform them that the books have been placed in the Worcestershire Archive.

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