A district council will be opening a book of condolence for the public to leave messages for Queen Elizabeth tomorrow.

Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council Yvonne Rees said: “As Chief Executive of Cherwell District Council I would like to express my great sadness and that of everyone at the council on hearing of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Our sadness at this time I am sure is shared by many of you who will want to remember and recognise the service of the longest reigning monarch.

“Cherwell District Council will be opening a book of condolence for your messages, which will be available at Bodicote House from tomorrow.

Read more: Cherwell councillor says Queen was cornerstone of our country. 

“On Friday, September 9, the book will be open from 10am to 5pm.

“Thereafter the book will be available from 9am to 5pm on weekdays until the day after the funeral, when the book will close for the final time at 5pm.

“A link to Buckingham Palace’s e-book of condolence will also be made available on the council website should you wish to sign this.

“I am sure some of you would like to lay floral tributes and we ask that you keep these to the identified locations which for Cherwell are the town and parish council offices in Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington.

“If residents visit Bodicote House, we would ask them to lay their tributes on the grassed area in front of reception, next to the stone monument.

“We are currently reviewing out public engagements and there are likely to be some changes.


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This story was written by Matthew Norman, he joined the team in 2022 as a Facebook community reporter.

Matthew covers Bicester and focuses on finding stories from diverse communities.

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