Cllr Beaty Bainbridge, Chair of Durham County Council, has made a statement regarding the announcement this evening of the death of Her Majesty The Queen.
“We are greatly saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen. Our thoughts
are with the Royal Family at this sad time.
“As Britain’s longest-serving monarch, The Queen demonstrated extraordinary devotion to
her duties and to the people she served. She was an important figurehead for the UK
during a reign of more than 70 years, which saw unprecedented changes to our country
and way of life.
“The Queen travelled more widely than any other monarch and this included many visits to
County Durham. I am sure that all those who met her, whether in the early years of her
time on the throne or more recently, will have fond memories of her visit.
“As a mark of respect, flags at County Hall and our other civic buildings in Crook and
Spennymoor will be flown at half-mast.
“We know that people in County Durham will want to express their condolences and we
will provide information on how to do so in due course.”