On behalf of the councillors and officers of Selby District Council and reflecting the thoughts of our residents, Council Chairman, Cllr Ian Chilvers and Chief Executive, Janet Waggott have expressed extreme sadness regarding the death of HRH Queen Elizabeth II.
Speaking in response to the death of Her Majesty the Queen, Selby District Council Chairman, Cllr Ian Chilvers, said, “Along with people across the country, I was very saddened to hear the news of the death of the Queen. She has served this country for 70 years and has been a huge influence, inspiration and role-model to people around the world.
“The Queen has been a constant presence in a world that’s changed beyond recognition in many ways from when she first came to the throne and for many of us we’ve known no other head of state. With her passing another Elizabethan era fades.
“I know she’ll be greatly missed by a great many people.”
Janet Waggott, Chief Executive of Selby District Council, said, “Many of our residents will have fond memories of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Royal Family at this very difficult time and we are sending a special letter of condolence to Buckingham Palace to convey our sentiments directly.
“Many in the Selby district have happy memories of the Queen’s visit to Selby Abbey in April 1969, when she agreed to come to the Abbey to hand out Maundy money in the year we celebrated the Abbey’s 900th anniversary. Around 10,000 people were present to welcome Her Majesty for this unique occasion. The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arrived at Selby on the Royal Train in the morning, and were greeted by a number of local dignitaries. The service at the Abbey was delivered by the then Archbishop of York, Dr Donald Coggan.
"Her Majesty will be greatly missed by people across the Selby district, throughout the country and around the world. She has been, for many, the only monarch known and has been a constant and reassuring presence in an ever-changing world. We join people around the world in our grief, but also in giving thanks for her contribution to our nation.”
The flags at the Civic Centre have been lowered to half mast as a mark of respect.
Anyone wishing to lay floral tributes in memory of The Queen is welcome to do so in the grounds of Selby Abbey.
A book of condolence has been opened at Selby Abbey and is available for any member of the public to sign.
Information about local services and events to mark this event will be available here.