Tameside’s Civic Mayor, Cllr Mike Glover lead the local proclamation of his Majesty The King outside Dukinfield Town Hall on Sunday 11 September, the Mayor paid tribute to The Queen before the proclamation of The King was delivered.

Tameside Civic Mayor, Cllr Mike Glover said; “After 70 years of selfless dedication to our country and the Commonwealth, I’m deeply saddened by the death of our Queen.

“As most of us, including myself, have never known a time without her, it seems scarcely credible she has left us. The sense of loss is personal. Although the Queen was head of state, she was such a constant presence in our lives that we all felt we knew her. That makes it so difficult to say goodbye.

“On her 21st birthday, in 1947, the Queen made a public promise saying: “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service.” Her life was very long, but over the following years she fulfilled that vow in every way.

“Queen Elizabeth II was a truly remarkable woman. Even in her nineties she carried out her duties with a selfless devotion that was an inspiration to us all.

“At this very sad time I would like to extend my sympathies to the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Tameside. We mourn with them and share their grief.

“ I am honoured to be leading the proclamation in Tameside and we pledge our support and loyalty to our new King as he assumes the duties so nobly carried out by his late mother.”

Books of condolence were also opened across the borough and were available until the day after the Queen’s funeral.