The latest updates and information following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the accession of King Charles III to the throne can be found here.

The Ilfracombe book of condolence will remain open at the Ilfracombe Centre, High St, Ilfracombe as follows:

Monday 12th – Friday 16th September 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm daily

Tuesday 20th September 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm

An e-book of condolence can be found on the royal website: www.royal.uk

Books of Condolence are also available as per the details on the North Devon Council and Devon County Council websites.

Our team can add comments to the e-book for anyone who is unable to access the internet. Please advise anyone you know in this position to call us on 01271 855300.

The government has announced that Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral, will be a national bank holiday.

This will allow individuals, businesses and other organisations to pay their respects to Her Majesty and commemorate Her reign, if they wish to, while marking the final day of the period of national mourning.

Inline with this announcement the Ilfracombe Centre will be closed on Monday 19th September and re-open at 9am on Tuesday 20th September.

The government has invited people to take part in a National Moment of Reflection, marked by a minute’s silence at 8.00pm on Sunday 18 September, the evening before Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.

It’s an opportunity for people across the country to come together, at home or with friends and neighbours, to mourn the passing of Her Majesty and reflect on her life and legacy.

The silence can be marked privately at home, with friends and family, out on doorsteps or the street with neighbours, or at locally arranged community events and vigils.

Location: The Ilfracombe War Memorial

Removal: Tributes will be removed the day following the state funeral, on Tuesday 20 September.

Important information

  • tributes left in other locations may be moved to the designated location
  • we ask that no live candles be placed at The War Memorial. Any live candles will need to be removed due to them being a fire risk
  • where possible do not buy flowers wrapped in plastic, if this is unavoidable please remove cellophane from flowers
  • floral tributes may need to be removed due to hot weather
  • flowers will be composted following the period of national mourning
  • plants and longer surviving flowers will be donated, where possible, to local organisations
  • please do not leave any soft toys
  • due to the number of floral tributes and other memorials, it is not expected that gifts, cards, labels or other documents laid anywhere other than in Royal Parks will be kept for the national archive

Schools and colleges will close on Monday 19 September for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral, the government’s Department for Education (DfE) has confirmed.

King Charles III has approved an order for the funeral to be a bank holiday.

In guidance to schools and colleges, the DfE this week has said:

“This day will be a bank holiday and settings that are normally closed on a bank holiday should close on this day as a mark of respect. This will include schools and colleges.”

With the exception of the day of the state funeral, normal attendance is expected throughout the period of mourning.

If you need to contact Devon County Council social care services urgently, you can call the Emergency Duty Team on 0345 600 0388.

Household Waste Recycling Centres will also be closed that day, and will reopen on Tuesday 20 September. You can find our opening times on the DCC website.

Libraries across Devon will also be closed on Monday, and the Mobile Library service will not be operating on that day. Libraries will resume their usual opening hours from Tuesday 20 September. You can find your local library’s regular opening hours on the Libraries Unlimited website. Don’t forget, you can still access eBooks, eAudiobooks, eNewspapers and eMagazines while the library is closed through the digital library.

Please also be advised that most bus services in Devon will be operating a Sunday timetable on Monday 19 September. Full details of Sunday timetables can be found in the Bus Times booklets on our website. We have been advised by First that Dartmoor Explorer, Exmoor Sun Seeker and Exmoor Coaster will not be operating.

Household waste and recycling collections could also be affected by the additional bank holiday, so please check the NDC website for more information.

Like councils across the country, we are marking this period of mourning respectfully and are limiting our public messaging on social media.

However, for safety purposes, our @DevonAlert Facebook and Twitter accounts are continuing to provide essential information about our roads in Devon.

If you are travelling in Devon over this period, follow @DevonAlert on Facebook or Twitter

Many communities may wish to come together and observe the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen, so the BBC is providing local communities a TV Licence dispensation.

The dispensation will allow any communal setting where TV is not usually watched, such as town halls, community centres and libraries across the UK, to screen the live programmes without needing to purchase a licence.

By law, if live television or BBC iPlayer is viewed on any premises, those premises must be covered by a valid TV Licence. However, in exceptional circumstances, the BBC can grant a dispensation for the temporary viewing of television, so long as the viewing is for the sole purpose of screening an event which is judged by the BBC to be of national importance.

The BBC’s Terms of Use for screening live events at this time are published on the BBC’s website.

The Ilfracombe Proclamation was written and read by the Ilfracombe Town Crier, My Roy Goodwin, at 10am on Monday 12th September 2022, at the Clapping Circle on Ilfracombe Promenade. Prayers and a blessing were offered by the Rev John Roles with The Mayor of Ilfracombe, Cllr Dan Turton, the Deputy Mayor, Cllr Lee Aston, in attendance alongside representatives from Ilfracombe Town Council, the Freemen and the people of Ilfracombe.

Thanks to Andrew Pettey for letting us share his video.