THE Civic Mayor, members and officers of Tameside Council are deeply saddened by the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
Their thoughts and sympathies are with the Royal Family but especially Her Majesty the Queen and her children the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, the Duke of York and the Earl of Wessex.
Civic flags are at half-mast as a mark of respect and book of condolence is now open at Dukinfield Town Hall.
Books of condolence will also be at each of Tameside’s eight libraries – Ashton, Denton, Droylsden, Dukinfield, Hattersley, Hyde, Mossley and Stalybridge.
They will be available from Monday, April 12 from 9am to 5pm until the day after the funeral.
If you would prefer to sign the official Buckingham Palace e-book of condolence you may do so at www.royal.gov.uk
A Tameside e-book of condolence will be made available at www.tameside.gov.uk
Those wishing to lay floral tributes are welcome to leave them at Dukinfield Town Hall, Hyde Town Hall, Denton Town Hall or Stalybridge Civic Hall. However, please be aware that they will be removed on the day after the funeral.
A minute’s silence in remembrance of Prince Philip is being organised and details will be released as soon as they are available.
The Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Janet Cooper, said: “It is with the utmost regret, and an almost personal sense of loss, that I have learned of the death of HRH the Duke of Edinburgh.
“In his long and eventful life Prince Philip gave our country distinguished service in many roles.
“As an officer in the Royal Navy he saw action in the Second World War. He supported charities, promoted Britain’s interests abroad, and founded the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Award which has helped and inspired so many young people since 1956.
“However, he was best known as the loving husband of Her Majesty the Queen. Throughout more than 70 years of marriage he was constantly at her side, offering support as she carried out her duties at home and across the world.
“At this very sad time I would like to extend my sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Tameside. We mourn with them and share their grief.”