Ashford Borough Council would like to convey our sincerest condolences to the Royal Family on the sad passing of Her Majesty the Queen.

It is with deep sorrow that His Majesty The King announced the death of his beloved mother, yesterday (Thursday 8 September).

The Mayor of Ashford, Cllr Jenny Webb, said: “Members and officers of Ashford Borough Council and residents across our borough share the sentiments of loss and sorrow felt all over the world at the passing of such an eminent patriot, whose life has been devoted to the service of her country and the Commonwealth as well as advocating peace and the importance of nations working together.

“She has been our great constant. Throughout her 70-year reign, while every aspect of our lives has changed, her dedicated duty, her decency and her dignity have provided an unending source of stability, reassurance and comfort.

“We offer our most sincere condolences to the Royal family at this most difficult time and will mourn the loss of our Head of State, great Ambassador for the United Kingdom, unifier of the Commonwealth and a leader admired and revered across the globe. Her place in history is surely secured as one of the greatest monarchs in history.”


The Union Flag outside the Civic Centre building in Tannery Lane, Ashford, TN23 1PL is being flown at half-mast as a mark of respect. From today, a period of national mourning has begun and will continue for until the day of the funeral.

Floral displays

More details on floral tributes will follow in due course. Further updates will be made via our website –

Book of condolences

We know that many of you will wish to pay your personal tributes to Her Majesty The Queen and a book of condolence has opened at the Civic Centre. You can also sign the online book of condolence at

The government will issue guidance for the public, organisations and businesses for observing the period of mourning.

By Ed

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