Following the sad news on 9th April about the death of HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, Chair Cllr Chris Warren has made the following tribute on behalf of Saltford Parish Council:
It is with great sadness that the Parish Council has learnt of the passing of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. Prince Philip has been at the side of the Queen for 73 years, after their marriage in 1947, and our thoughts go out to Her Majesty for losing her lifelong companion and soulmate.
He led an incredible life, demonstrating immense bravery during World War II in the service of the British Navy, having fought in the Mediterranean and the pacific. Prince Philip was a qualified pilot, an equestrian, and Chair of the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, a self-improvement programme for 14-24 year olds.
He had a great sense of humour and carried out his royal duties over the years without fuss and always with loyalty to the crown. With his passing it is truly the end of an era. The Parish Council expresses our deep condolences to the Royal Family over their sad loss.
You can also listen to Cllr Chris Warren’s speech.
B&NES Council Ward Councillors for Saltford, Cllrs Alastair Singleton and Duncan Hounsell, have expressed the following tribute with SPC to share with residents:
Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, was an exceptional man and a very devoted and loyal public servant. Our nation, and the many charitable causes he supported, owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. Our thoughts are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this very sad time.
Chair of Saltford Community Association, Professor John Davies paid this tribute:
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Queen and the Royal Family as we mourn the loss of HRH, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We give thanks for his wonderful life and years of devotion to serving the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth. We wish Her Majesty and the other members of the Royal Family our heartfelt sympathy at this most difficult time
Residents are welcome to leave their own tributes in Saltford’s Book of Condolence. The Book of Condolence is located in the section between Saltford Hall’s main entrance external doors and internal doors, to the left-hand side on approach. This location has been chosen as Book of Condolence needed to be in easily accessible place that also allows social distancing, and quiet enough to enable those signing the books a moment of privacy and quiet reflection whilst doing so.
For safety reasons, residents are requested to bring their own pens to write with, and use the hand sanitiser provided. Please maintain a distance of two metres when contributing to the Book of Condolence.
The Book of Condolence is available for residents to write in from Monday 12th April and available weekdays and Saturdays between 9am-5pm, until a week after the funeral has taken place. The book will remain in the power of Saltford Parish Council.
For further information, please see SPC news article about marking the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.