The Union flag at half-mast beside the Leas Cliff Hall Photo: Ray Duff

By Ray Duff: People in Folkestone have been paying floral tribute and signing books of condolences after the recent death of Queen Elizabeth II. 

The Book of Condolences and picture of the late Queen at the Town Hall Photo: Ray Duff

Folkestone Bandstand was designated as the place to lay floral tributes and people of all ages have been attaching or laying them to it with messages and even drawings by children. 

Town Councillors also read the proclamation of King Charles III at the bandstand on Sunday afternoon.

Floral tributes are placed on Folkestone Bandstand Photo: Ray Duff

There are Books of Condolences at Folkestone Town Hall foyer for people to sign, between 10am and 4pm Tues to Saturday. Another Book is at Folkestone Parish Church on The Bayle -11am-1pm.  Other Churches may have their own Books.

Signing a Book of Condolences at Folkestone Town Hall Photo: Ray Duff

Flags were also lowered to half mast at Folkestone Town hall, The Guildhall pub on The Bayle, Leas Cliff Hall, Folkestone Bowls Club,  and at National Coastwatch station on East Cliff.

WH Smith’s full window and signboard tributes in Folkestone town centre Photo: Ray Duff

They were fully raised during the Proclamation of the new King on Saturday.

Drawings in tribute alongside flowers Photo: Ray Duff

Many town centre and beyond shops and businesses placed various tributes in their windows.

Most businesses will be closed on Monday 19th for the Queens funeral including supermarkets.

By Ed

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