It is with great sadness that Chesterfield Borough Council has learned of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh.
The Union Flag is flying at half-mast on Chesterfield Town Hall to mark the period of national mourning.
Councillor Glenys Falconer, Chesterfield’s Mayor, said: “I was saddened to hear of the death of Prince Philip.
“We warmly remember his visits to Chesterfield with the Queen, including in 1977 for the Silver Jubilee, in 1985 to open Chesterfield Royal Hospital and in 2003 when they visited Chesterfield Market.
“Many young people from Chesterfield will have received medals from Prince Philip for completing the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and all will have fond memories of those occasions.”
Councillor Tricia Gilby, Chesterfield Borough Council’s leader, said: “It is with great sadness that I learned of the death of the Duke of Edinburgh.
“Prince Philip has been a great source of strength and support to the Queen and has also carried out a large number of public duties in his own right, particularly through the Playing Fields Association and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme.
“Our thoughts are with the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time.”
Huw Bowen, Chesterfield Borough Council’s chief executive, expressed his condolences, adding: “As the oldest and longest serving royal consort, he has played a unique role in public life and it is fitting that we should remember him for his selfless devotion and strength of character.
“The flag at the Town Hall is flying at half-mast in tribute. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, we are currently awaiting further guidance ahead of issuing advice on how the people of Chesterfield can safely pay their respects to his Royal Highness.”
The council is also currently reviewing upcoming civic events and will announce any alterations or cancellations as soon as possible.