Touching tributes as thousands sign Book of Condolence
September 12, 2022
Thousands of Cramlington residents have already signed the Cramlington Town Council Book of Condolence for Queen Elizabeth II.
It has been an emotional experience for many people signing the book as they recall their memories of our late monarch who died on Thursday.
Among those were Margaret Watson MBE (pictured left) who said “I feel I knew the woman.”
“I met her and she shook my hand when she presented me with an MBE in Buckingham Palace for 33 years of fostering.”
“It was one of the proudest days of my life and I felt very humble too.”
“Signing the Book of Condolence was a very emotional experience.”
Cramlington Town Councillors are with the book all the time it is available for signing in Manor Walks until the funeral. Tuesday 13th 10am-3pm, Wednesday 14th 10am-6pm, Thursday 15th 10am-4pm, Friday 16th 10am-3pm, Saturday 17th 10am-4pm and Sunday 18th 10am-3pm. Councillor Pat Heard (pictured above with Margaret} commented “It has been a real privilege to hear people share their memories and we are grateful to Manor Walks for letting us place the book in their shopping centre which is a great place for the public to access it.”
Councillor Paul Ezhilchelvan (left) commented “Just as the Queen did her duty, I’m proud to carry out my duty as a councillor and be here to meet people as they sign the Book of Condolence.”
“I know my colleagues are proud to come along too and meet residents during this period of national mourning.”
Many of the comments from individuals and community groups note Queen Elizabeth’s years of service and duty and come from the very young to people who are a similar age to the late monarch. Messages include thanks for supporting Filipino nurses and the NHS, her leadership across the Commonwealth and as head of the armed services.
As one person recorded “a shining light has gone out in the world.”