Sheffield Town Hall flag at half mast in tribute to Prince Philip following his death
The Union Flag at Sheffield Town Hall is flying at half mast, and floral tributes and billboards are up in the city centre to mark the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing said: “On behalf of Sheffield City Council and the people of Sheffield, I wish to express our great sadness at the news of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.
“In his early adult years, The Duke of Edinburgh served in the Royal Navy and was on active service throughout the Second World War. At the end of the war, he was on the destroyer HMS WHELP which was present in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese signed the surrender on 2 September 1945. Having married the then Princess Elizabeth, The Duke of Edinburgh went on to provide enormous support to her as Queen, often through times of major challenge for the country.
"Aside from his loyalty to the Monarch, many of us will remember him for creating The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, a youth awards programme founded in in 1956, that has changed the lives of countless individuals.
“I recall fondly the enthusiastic welcome given by the people of Sheffield when he accompanied the Queen on a visit to the city in April 2015. It will be an event that many will remember for the rest of our lives and will remain a significant day in Sheffield’s history.
“As a mark of our respect, flags will be flown at half-mast on civic buildings. Books of Condolence will be made available for people to sign online until the day after the funeral. Floral tributes may be laid at the back of the fountains in the Peace Gardens in the city centre.”
Sheffield Cathedral has also announced that they will be live streaming this evening’s prayer at 4pm and has invited people to take part in paying tribute to the Queen’s husband.
A spokesperson said: “Join us in giving thanks for the life of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and in prayer for Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.”