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Proclamation for Lancashire for His Majesty The King to be held at Preston Flag Market

Posted on - 9th September, 2022 - 7:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Flag Market, Politics, Preston City Centre, Preston Council, Preston News
Mayor of Preston signing Book of Condolence
Mayor of Preston signing Book of Condolence

The Proclamation for Lancashire for His Majesty The King will be held at Preston Flag Market.

The event will take place on Sunday (11 September) from 12.30pm.

Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire, The Queen’s representative, will accompany the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Martin Ainsworth DL, who will read the Proclamation for Lancashire from the steps of the Harris.

Public dignitaries and VIPs across the county are invited to the Proclamation, and the general public is encouraged to attend the event.

Every county in the United Kingdom will make the Proclamation at the same time. Once the Proclamation has been read by the High Sheriff, all Mayors may, if they wish, read it again in their own district.

Order of Service:

  • Welcome from Councillor Neil Darby, Mayor of Preston
  • Introduction from Lord Shuttleworth, Lord Lieutenant of Lancashire KG KCVO
  • Introduction and Proclamation read by the High Sheriff of Lancashire, Martin Ainscough DL
  • Three cheers for His Majesty The King
  • One verse of the National Anthem

Read more: Mayor of Preston leads city’s tributes to Queen Elizabeth II

Due to expected large crowds on the day, a number of roads within the area surrounding the Harris will be closed.

Cheapside will be available for viewing the event and some roads available for emergency service use only. These restrictions will only be in place for the duration of the event.

Preston City Council is following strict, traditional rules which will be carried out in every region across the country.

Floral tributes at the Flag Market
Floral tributes at the Flag Market

The Union Flag has been lowered at the Town Hall to half-mast, and all other flags and flagpoles have been removed from the front and on the roof of the Town Hall.

On Saturday 10 September, the Union Flag will be flown at full mast from 11am in preparation to acknowledge His Majesty The King at the Proclamation for Lancashire ceremony on the following day.

After the Proclamation ceremony on Sunday 11 September, at approximately 2pm, the flag will be returned to half mast where it will remain until after the Queen’s funeral.

The Mayor of Preston has opened a Book of Condolence at Preston Town Hall. The book is located in the reception area during the mourning period from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm. It will be formally retained and archived in the city.

The Mayor also laid a wreath of remembrance on the Obelisk at the Flag Market. The location is significant as the Queen unveiled the Obelisk on 10 May 1979 following its restoration to mark the 800th anniversary of the granting of a charter to the borough by King Henry II.

Preston City Council said it will seek to recycle all flowers, cards and paper tributes at a suitable time.


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