PRINCE PHILIP: Solihull to stage virtual civic service
Solihull will stage a civic service in memory of Prince Philip the council has confirmed, but the public will not be able to attend in person due to Covid restrictions.
Council chief executive Nick Page had confirmed preliminary plans to hold a tribute to the Royal at Tuesday’s full council – but said they would be subject to government guidance. The event was formally announced today.
Tributes to the 99-year-old, from across Solihull’s political groups, have flooded in and the Union flag on the Council House has been lowered to half mast.
Cllr Chris Williams (Green, Chelmsley Wood) spoke about the impact of The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme – which he had undertaken as a teenager
“For me as a 14-year-old at Lyndon School I was inspired to take part,” he said.
“I had never had the opportunity to explore the great outdoors until the scheme was brought to my attention.
“For one man to play such an influential role in the formative years of so many in our borough – and seven million nationwide – is quite a legacy to be proud of.
“Who knows, I may never even have got involved in politics or environmental causes without the Prince’s influence.”
Cllr Ian Courts, leader of Conservative-run Solihull Council, said Prince Philip had been a bedrock through “changing and challenging times.”
“He has embodied the sense of duty that frankly makes us all so proud to be British and we thank him for everything he has done for our country.”
During his many decades of service, the Duke paid several visits to Solihull – touring the NEC’s exhibition halls in 1989 and opening the futuristic “ecolab” greenhouse at CTC Kingshurst in the mid-1990s.
The Rev’d Simon Marshall will preside over the celebration of the Duke’s life, co-ordinated in conjunction with the church and other faith groups.
The service will take place on Friday, April 16 at 7.30pm. Residents can watch it here – https://tinyurl.com/4w56v3p9
Words: David Irwin, Local Democracy Reporter
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