Worksop mourns and pays tribute to Prince Philip who has died at 99

Worksop residents, councillors and businesses have paid tribute to Prince Philip who died this morning, aged 99.

Friday, 9th April 2021, 2:42 pm

Married to the Queen for more than 70 years, the Duke of Edinburgh was the longest-serving consort in British history.

Prince Philip visited Bassetlaw in 1967, meeting miners at Bevercotes Colliery.

Bassetlaw District Councillors said they were ‘saddened’ to hear of his passing at Windsor Castle today (April 9) as the Queen enters an eight day period of mourning.

The flags at Worksop and Retford Town Halls will fly at half mast in the Duke’s memory.

Bassetlaw District Council chairman, Councillor Deborah Merryweather, said: “I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

"On behalf of the residents of Bassetlaw, I have conveyed our heartfelt condolences to Her Majesty the Queen and her family.

“The Duke’s life has brought hope and happiness to his family, the British public, Members of the Commonwealth and people around the world.

The Duke of Edinburgh has died at the age of 99 (Photos: Getty Images)

“He was a patron, president, or member of over 780 organisations and served as chairman of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, which has become the world's leading youth achievement award.

“The Duke was also involved in a great many charities, with special interests in scientific and technological research, the conservation of the environment and the encouragement of sport.

“As the longest serving British Consort, he served our country with distinction since joining the Royal Navy in 1939.

"We will all remember him fondly for carrying out his official duties professionally and for being a constant companion and Consort to Her Majesty the Queen during many years of marriage.”

And Bassetlaw District Councillor Sybil Fielding said: “Prince Phillip was a war hero and done so much to support the Queen and our country. He was part of that generation which held this country together in the darkest of time.”

Worksop Guardian readers flocked to social media to pay their respects.

Jean Dickenson said: “So sad. I feel for the Queen, bless her.”

Trudy Green posted: “So sad to hear the sad news about Prince Philip. My thoughts are with the Queen and all of her family.”

And local businsesses also paid tribute.

A spokesperson for Creswell Crags said: “Creswell Heritage Trust offer our heartfelt condolences to the Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family.

"His Royal Highness, The Prince Phillip’s legacy in the Duke of Edinburgh Award, has brought many brilliant young volunteers to Creswell Crags over the years.”

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