Proclamation reading takes place in Broadstairs

Cllr Bob Bayford reads the Proclamation in Broadstairs

The proclamation marking the reign on King Charles III was held in Broadstairs on Monday (September 12).

Cllr Bob Bayford, Deputy Chairman of Broadstairs and St Peter’s Town Council read the proclamation at a service at Pierremont Hall.

The reading is an ancient tradition for the accession to the throne, which takes place immediately on the death of the reigning monarch, and its announcement to the people.

Councillors and members of the public heard the proclamation read from the steps of Pierremont Hall, while the union flag was briefly raised in order to welcome the new King before being lowered again in memory of the late Queen Elizabeth II.  The flag will now remain lowered for the rest of the period of mourning.

Afterwards, councillors and members of the public were invited to sign the book of condolences in the Council Chamber at Pierremont Hall. The book will remain open until the day after the funeral which is being held on September 19.

Members of the public are asked to call ahead to make an appointment on 01843 868718.

Cllr Bayford laid flowers at the front of the building, where members of the public have also been leaving flowers in memory of Queen Elizabeth over the weekend.

Readings took place in Ramsgate and Margate on Sunday and Broadstairs and Westgate on Monday.

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Tributes have been laid by residents across the isle.