Statement from Seaford Town Council on the announcement of the death of The Duke of Edinburgh

It is with immense sadness that Seaford Town Council learnt of Buckingham Palace’s announcement of the death of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on Friday 9th April.

H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh has been a constant support and companion to HM The Queen since their marriage in 1947.

In 2009 The Duke of Edinburgh became the longest serving British consort (companion to the Sovereign). In May 2017 it was announced that The Duke of Edinburgh had decided, with full support of Her Majesty The Queen, to no longer carry out public engagements.

The Duke of Edinburgh founded the world’s leading youth achievement award, The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme in 1956 and was involved in the work of many charities and organisations ranging in topics, including conservation, sport, the military and engineering.

How the Seaford Town Council will be marking the period of National Mourning:

Floral tributes: The Town Council understand that people may wish to lay flowers and other mementos to honour The Duke of Edinburgh as an expression of their condolences. Due to the current restrictions however, you may wish to consider a charitable donation instead of purchasing flowers or other items.

Union Flag: The Union Flag has been lowered to half mast at the Sutton Road War Memorial and Seaford Head Golf Course sites.

Book of Condolence: Due to current restrictions there will not be a book of condolence at the Town Council offices. Further details on an online book of condolence are expected to be published in due course.

Funeral: An announcement will be made in due course as to the funeral of H.R.H The Duke of Edinburgh.