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Cumberland County to offer Book of Condolences for Queen

Cumberland Mayor Murray Scott signs the Book of Condolences that will be making its way to several locations around the municipality in the coming weeks to give residents the opportunity to share their condolences. The book will be sent to Buckingham Palace. Darrell Cole – Municipality of Cumberland

In honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Municipality of Cumberland is offering a Book of Condolences for Cumberland County residents to share their thoughts and memories of the late monarch, who passed away Sept. 8 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

 “All of us have many fond memories of the Queen and we mourn her passing like so many across Canada and the Commonwealth. For seven decades she reigned with grace and dignity and we want to offer an opportunity to residents to share their thoughts and memories of the Queen in a Book of Condolences that we’re going to send to Buckingham Palace,” Mayor Murray Scott said.

Jones Family Funeral Centre in Amherst has kindly donated the book to the Municipality of Cumberland and it will be taken to several locations around the municipality in the coming weeks for people to sign.

“As a municipality, we wanted to do something to pay tribute to the Queen, to honour her contribution to life in this country, Nova Scotia and Cumberland County,” Mayor Scott said. “Queen Elizabeth II meant a lot of things to a lot people.”

The municipality has lowered its flags to half-staff at all municipal-owned properties and council held a moment of silence in her honour prior to its September committee of the whole meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 14.

The Book of Condolences will be located at the Dr. Carson & Marion Murray Community Centre in Springhill during the week of Sept. 20 to 23 and will be at the Parrsboro Service Centre the week of Sept. 26 to 29 before going to the Pugwash village commission hall the week of Oct 3 to 7 and the E.D. Fullerton Municipal Building in Upper Nappan the week of Oct. 11 to 14.

The Queen was Canada’s longest-serving monarch, having served almost as long as the country has existed. She ascended to the throne upon the death of her father, King George VI, in February 1952 and her coronation as Queen Elizabeth II was on June 2, 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II made 22 official visits to Canada, including five trips to Nova Scotia with the first being in November 1951, when she, as HRH Princess Elizabeth, and HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, arrived in Amherst from New Brunswick via train where they were greeted by 3,000 children during a 10-minute stop before the train continued to Truro.

On its way through Cumberland County, farmers were requested to keep their cattle off the tracks for two hours prior to the train’s arrival in Springhill Junction and Folly Lake. More than 20,000 people greeted the train in Truro before it made its way to Halifax.