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Union flags are once again flown over the main Council buildings in South Tyneside, marking the end of the period of national mourning.

Council services are operating as normal from today (Tuesday 20 September) following the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday, which has been declared a public holiday.

The locals still have up to 6 p.m. tonight to sign condolence books at town halls in South Shields and Jarrow, The Word in South Shields and Hebburn Central.

People unable to visit a venue can message the South Tyneside book by email at [email protected] or they can sign the Royal Family’s condolences e-book at www.royal.uk

In accordance with the guidelines issued, floral tributes that have been left in Council buildings will be respectfully collected to be composted for future use. All messages left with flowers will be collected and compiled into an archive.

South Tyneside Mayor Councilor Pat Hay said: “The death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was an incredibly significant and poignant event in the history of our country.

“The period of official mourning has allowed us collectively, as a nation, to reflect and express our immense gratitude for the Queen’s life of unwavering service and dedication.

“While the sadness of his passing is shared by people around the world, we also look forward to a new era under the reign of our new monarch, King Charles III.

“The Queen will always remain a much loved, respected and honored sovereign and we will consider how we can commemorate her in South Tyneside in the future.”

Public council meetings also resume from today.

For more information visit the Council’s website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk