Harrogate district set for Prayer Vigils in tribute to Prince Philip

Father Gary Hinchcliffe -  The Team Rector at The Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Knaresborough.Father Gary Hinchcliffe -  The Team Rector at The Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Knaresborough.
Father Gary Hinchcliffe - The Team Rector at The Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Knaresborough.
As flags flew at half mast in tribute to Prince Phillip at local authority buildings in the Harrogate area, local churches are also marking his passing by holding Prayer Vigils.

Both North Yorkshire County Council and Harrogate Borough Council say the flags will remain at half mast at County Hall in Northallerton and all Harrogate council buildings until after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral this Saturday afternoon.

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Although social distancing rules are still in place in churches, Knaresborough Anglicans have announced they are to hold Prayer Vigils for HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, this Friday, April 16 at two local churches.

The Parish Church of St John the Baptist in Knaresborough and The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Goldsborough will be open to all as a place for reflection and peace this Friday from 6pm to 7pm.

To remember and celebrate the life of HRH Prince Phillip, they are offering an opportunity to pray for his family and for his memory.

Although unable to offer physical books of condolence in line with Covid restrictions, they are inviting people to sign an online book of remembrance via https://www.knaresboroughanglicans.org.uk/

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Meanwhile, The Lord-Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Johanna Ropner, has paid an official tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, saying he had been a "a hugely charismatic man."

Mrs Ropner said: “It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh today, Friday, 9 April, 2021. His Royal Highness was a hugely charismatic man, who was much loved and respected by so many."

"“Prince Philip carried out over 22,000 solo engagements since 1952, including many in North Yorkshire, as well as accompanying Her Majesty The Queen at many other events. "They were both at the 150th birthday celebrations of The Great Yorkshire Show in 2008 and in May 2010."

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