Council to report 'accumulations of tributes' to police

Mayoral tributes in Fenland to HRH

Cllr Aigars Balsevics, mayor, and Cllr Andrew Lynn, deputy mayor, lay floral tributes in Wisbech; in Whittlesey Cllr David Mason (left) laid flowers. - Credit: Town Council

Fenland councillors have been asked to identify any “any accumulations of tributes” to HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, so that police can be informed.  

The request went out over the weekend following “high level emergency meetings” following the formal announcement of his death.  

Members of Britain's Royal Family, Prince Charles (2nd Left), Prince Philip (3 Left), Commander Tim

Members of Britain's Royal Family, Prince Charles (2nd Left), Prince Philip (3 Left), Commander Tim Laurence (Centre) , Prince Harry (4 Right), the Earl of Wessex (3 Right), Princess Anne (2 Right) and Prince Andrew (Right). - Credit: PA

Councillors were told that at a meeting on Friday the issue had been "identified and which has been reiterated by Buckingham Palace is that floral tributes are being discouraged due to the Covid pandemic.  

“The Royal Household has stated that they would prefer for donations to be made to a charity of choice.” 

Jo Goodrum, the council chairman’s secretary, told councillors: “Whilst I appreciate, we cannot stop floral tributes being laid, if you are aware of any accumulations of tributes, then we would ask that you make us aware. 

File photo dated 01/09/72 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate t

File photo dated 01/09/72 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at Balmoral to celebrate their Silver Wedding anniversary. - Credit: PA


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“The police have specifically requested this information in light of Covid and the possibility of people gathering.” 

Two local mayors have already placed flowers in their respective towns – Wisbech and Whittlesey. 

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A statement and photo on Wisbech Town Council Facebook page says the mayor, Cllr Aigars Balsevics, and his deputy, Cllr Andrew Lynn “both wanted to place flowers and send donations to their chosen charities”. 

File photo dated 04/07/14 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the formal naming cerem

File photo dated 04/07/14 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the formal naming ceremony for HMS Queen Elizabeth in Rosyth Dockyard, Fife. - Credit: PA

Whittlesey town clerk Sue Piergianni said that “with the sad passing of the Duke of Edinburgh, the town council have opened a book of condolence”.  

The book will be in the council chamber at Peel House, 8 Queen Street, Whittlesey and will be available to sign Monday to Thursday between 10.00 and 2.00pm and Friday until 1.30.

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip lays a foundation stone for a new library, during his visit to

The Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Philip lays a foundation stone for a new library, during his visit to the Bedford School, Bedfordshire, on the 450th anniversary of the granting of letter by King Edward VI. - Credit: PA

She said flowers may be laid in the garden of Remembrance (Strawbear Garden) on Station Road. 

“If you could remove any plastic and put it in the bin by the gates that would be helpful as Fenland District Council will collect them at the end of the period of mourning.  

File photo dated 04/02/18 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with Canon Jonathan Rivier

File photo dated 04/02/18 of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh with Canon Jonathan Riviere (left) as they attended St Peter and Paul Church in West Newton, Norfolk, for a Sunday morning service, whilst staying at Sandringham. - Credit: PA

“The Palace has requested donations in lieu of flowers to a charity of choice or one of Prince Philip's.” 

Alex Miscandlon, chairman of Fenland District Council said: “I know that people throughout the district will share my great sorrow while at the same time feeling immense gratitude for his long life and service to the whole nation. 

File photo dated 10/06/14 of the Duke of Edinburgh smiles as he talks to a guest during a garden par

File photo dated 10/06/14 of the Duke of Edinburgh smiles as he talks to a guest during a garden party held at Buckingham Palace, central London. - Credit: PA

“While we mourn his death, we give thanks for his life and for the shining example that he has given of commitment, faithfulness and true Christian values. He has been loved and respected by all. 

Chief executive Paul Medd said: “All our staff join with members in mourning the death of Prince Philip. The Union Flag will be flown at half-mast at Fenland Hall until the day after his funeral.” 

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