Buildings to be lit as a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen

Published Saturday 17 September 2022 at 9:18

King George’s Hall and Blackburn Town Hall will be lit purple on Sunday evening as a mark of respect for Her Majesty The Queen.

The stunning featured picture of Darwen’s Jubilee Tower was taken just this morning (Saturday, September 17) and kindly shared with us by talented local photographer Shafiq Khan. The image highlights the tower tinted purple. You can see the colour version shared on our social media accounts.

0E3286B7-B48B-4815-8C82-B9B149728C09The borough will also join the nation in observing a National Moment of Reflection at 8pm on Sunday 18 September.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Phil Riley, said: “Her Majesty The Queen has played a huge role in the life of this country and touched the hearts of many people here during her visits to the borough.

“Lighting landmarks where we are able to do so in her honour is just one of the ways we are remembering the extraordinary life of Queen Elizabeth II.

“I hope it will remind people across the borough to pause and take a moment to remember Her Majesty.”

Floral tributes

Anyone who wishes to lay flowers is welcome to place floral tributes outside Blackburn Cathedral and in Darwen Market Square until Tuesday 20 September.

Members of the public will be able to see all of the floral tributes before they are removed for composting, thus helping new life flourish in our borough’s parks.

Book of condolence

Residents also have until 5pm on Tuesday 20 September to sign one of the books of condolence that have been opened at both Blackburn and Darwen Town Halls.

They are available for people to sign during both venue’s standard opening hours and will be closed for the bank holiday on Monday 19 September.

Civic service

A special service of remembrance is being held at Blackburn Cathedral on Sunday at 2pm.

People can also sign the online book of condolence at 

National moment of reflection

The National Moment of Reflection will take place at 8pm on Sunday 18th September, the night before the State Funeral, and will be marked by a one-minute silence.

The silence can be marked privately at home, with friends and family, out on doorsteps or the street with neighbours, or at locally arranged community events and vigils.

Community groups, clubs and other organisations across the country are encouraged to take part and people overseas are also encouraged to observe the one-minute silence at 8pm local time.

Details of larger-scale public events to be held across the country will be published on the GOV.UK website.

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