8th May, 2021

Mayor leads Rugby's tributes to Prince Philip

THE MAYOR of Rugby has paid tribute to His Royal Highness Prince Philip following the announcement of his death today (Friday April 9).

Mayor Bill Lewis expressed his ‘deep regret and sorrow’ on behalf of the residents of the Borough.

He said: “As a borough and as a nation, we must draw together. In neighbourhoods and across communities in Rugby and in the surrounding villages we pause and reflect on Prince Philip’s life and the circumstances of his death. As Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, people of other faiths or of no faith, our prayers and our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

“At this moment, I call on all of our residents to keep their own family and friends at the front of their minds, to tell them that you love them, and most of all, to be kind.”

Mayor Lewis laid a wreath in memory of the Duke of Edinburgh on behalf of all of the citizens of the borough of Rugby. The wreath has been laid at a specially designated spot located inside the main gates of Caldecott Park in Rugby.

The message reads: “With deepest condolences, on behalf of the citizens of the borough of Rugby. Cllr William H Lewis, Mayor of Rugby.”

Residents may add their own floral tributes if they wish. Floral tributes may be laid or observed during normal opening hours at Caldecott Park. Residents are asked to keep at least two metres apart from anyone they don’t live with and return another time if the area is busy. The tribute area will be overseen by Rugby Borough Council’s Community Wardens.

A book of condolence has also been opened for residents to add their own messages.

Visit www.rugby.gov.uk or post tributes to Book of Condolence, Rugby Borough Council, Town Hall, Rugby CV21 2RR. Messages will be transcribed into a bound book to be gifted to the social history collection at the Rugby Art Gallery and Museum.

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