Here’s where to lay floral tributes and sign books of condolence to the late Queen Elizabeth 2nd in South Derbyshire, East Staffordshire and North-west Leicestershire.
East Staffordshire Borough Council: A book of condolence will be opened on Friday 9th September 2022 and will be available to members of the public to sign from 9:30am until 5:00pm on the day following the state funeral. The book of condolence will be available throughout this period at Burton Town Hall, Uttoxeter Town Hall and St Modwen’s Church in Burton. Alternatively, a book of condolence can be signed online at royal.uk.
National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Alrewas. The NMA has opened a book of condolence on the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Available for visitors to leave their messages from 12 noon on Friday 9th September, the book will be kept in the Drum, within the Arboretum’s Landscapes of Life exhibition. The book will be available for well wishers throughout the national period of mourning.
South Derbyshire residents can pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who died yesterday, by signing a book of condolence at the Civic Offices, Civic Way, Swadlincote. This book of condolence is open from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday 10 September and from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday 11 September. At 2.30pm on Sunday 11 September, the Chair will read the proclamation on the accession of King Charles III on the steps of the Town Hall, accompanied by South Derbyshire District Council’s Leader and Chief Executive. The book of condolence at the Civic Offices will be open from 8.30am to 4.30pm on Monday 12 September to Saturday 17 September and from noon to 4.30pm on Sunday 18 September.
A local Book of Condolence has been set up at the Council House, which will be open from 9.00am – 5.00pm on Friday 9 September. The Council House will also be open on Saturday (10 September) and Sunday (11 September) from 9.00am – 5.00pm for those wishing to sign the book. From Monday 12 September, the book will be available to access Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 5.00pm, until the day after Her Majesty’s funeral. If you are unable to get to the Council House, or access the official Book of Condolence online, you may write to Civic Services, Council House, Corporation Street, Derby, DE1 2FS, with a message of condolence. These will be uploaded to the national book in due course. Please note that these messages will not be stored in the local history archives.
Tutbury Castle will be open free of charge on Friday 9th September, between 11am – 4pm. This is because some people have expressed a desire to leave flowers around the tree that Her Majesty planted as a very young Queen. Although the Castle will be closed again on Saturday, it will be open on Sunday 11th between 11am-4pm, free of charge.
NW Leicestershire/Ashby-de-la Zouch
Books of condolence will be opened at the North West Leicestershire District Council Offices in Whitwick Road in Coalville. This will be available to sign between 8am and 5pm Monday to Friday. Condolence books are also open at Ashby Town Council offices, in Measham Leisure Centre, and at the David Taylor Memorial Hall in Heather.
East Staffordshire Borough Council would like to request that any memorial flowers are left by the War Memorial in Burton upon Trent. Flowers left outside the flag poles at the Town Hall will be respectfully moved to the War Memorial.
National Memorial Arboretum (NMA), Alrewas. Visitors to the NMA are welcome to lay floral and other tributes in the Amphitheatre, adjacent to the tree Her Late Majesty planted to mark her Golden Jubilee in 2002.
People wishing to lay flowers are asked to place them in the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Garden in Swadlincote. The Union flag will be raised at 11am on Saturday 10 September to mark the proclamation of King Charles III and lowered at 1pm on Sunday 11 September. It will remain at half mast until 8am on the day following the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.
Derby City Council has announced that floral tributes can be left for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Cathedral Green, Full Street, Derby DE1 3AF.
NW Leicestershire/Ashby-de-la Zouch
The official garden of remembrance for North West Leicestershire is on the lawns outside the Council Offices in Coalville. Other towns and villages have established places for floral tributes. Members of the public are asked to remove cellophane wrapping before laying flowers. After an appropriate period and in accordance with the guidance set out by Buckingham Palace, any flowers and tributes from places in the above list will be cleared away. Floral tributes can also be left at the War Memorial, on the corner of Market Street and Brook Street in Ashby-de-la Zouch, in front of St Laurence Church, Measham High Street or in front of the David Taylor Memorial Hall, Heather.