Local Condolence Books Are Opened In Memory Of The Queen

Chance to leave a personal message following the sad passing of Her Majesty

Merton Condolence book in memory of the Queen
L-R Merton Council's Deputy Leader Chris Cotton, Merton Chief Executive Hannah Doody, Mayor of Merton Joan Henry, Leader Ross Garrod, Deputy Mayor Agatha Akyigyina and Councillor Edward Foley with the condolence book.

A book of condolence in memory of Queen Elizabeth II, following her passing on September 8, has been opened at Merton Civic Centre in Morden.

Residents are being invited to write their own messages in the book, which will be in the Civic Centre until 8pm on each week day.

Condolence books are located in each of the following libraries, during opening hours: Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Pollards Hill, Raynes Park, Mitcham and West Barnes.

A Merton online book of condolence is also available for people to sign at: https://news.merton.gov.uk/bookofcondolence/

The Mayor of Merton, Councillor Joan Henry, said: "We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Her Majesty the Queen. We join together with the rest of the capital, the country, the Commonwealth and the world in paying tribute to her lifetime of service and duty as Britain’s longest reigning monarch."

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Ross Garrod, has also written a letter of condolence to the Royal Family on behalf of the London Borough of Merton.

Wimbledon MP Stephen Hammond said: "On behalf of everyone in the Wimbledon constituency, I offer my condolences to the royal family.

"The Queen's exceptional and unparalleled long record of public service has been an inspiration, not only to British citizens, but to billions of people around the world who viewed her as a figure of calm and thoughtful leadership."

On the morning of September 9, flowers were laid in tribute to the Queen at the war memorial outside the Civic Centre. The council says anyone who wishes to come along and lay flowers by the memorial and pay their respects is also welcome to do so.

The Queen was last in the borough in October 2019 when she opened Queen Elizabeth Terrace in Morden - a new Haig Housing Trust development for ex-miltary personnel and their families.

She was patrol of the All England Tennis Club until 2016, but only attended the annual championships on four occasions. She last visited Wimbledon in 2010 when she saw Andy Murray beat Jarkko Niemenan.

King Charles III was proclaimed as the new monarch in Merton when the official proclamation was read out at the Civic Centre on Sunday afternoon.

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