LYME Regis came to a standstill yesterday afternoon (Saturday) to honour the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral.
Traffic and passers-by were stopped at the bottom of the high street just ahead of 3pm and a national minute’s silence was observed outside the Guildhall.
The commemoration coincided with the Duke’s funeral at Windsor.
Among those attending were the Mayor of Lyme Regis, Cllr Brian Larcombe, Mayoress Wendy Larcombe, town crier Alan Vian and the new vicar of Lyme Regis.
The Royal British Legion was represented by Lyme Regis branch chairman Ian Marshal, vice-chairman Daniel Buckley and standard bearer Jon Hunt, who lowered the standard during the silence.
The mayor made the following proclamation:
“We are here to commemorate the Duke of Edinburgh’s passing; husband to the Queen; father, grandfather and great grandfather of the Royal family.
“A life-long servant to Her Majesty and the country; his presence at the Queen’s side for over seven decades is the enduring image we all carry.
“A lifetime of extraordinary commitment to the UK and Commonwealth; Her Majesty’s forces; public service; charitable causes; wildlife and the environment; science and technology; the young and the future, the present and the needy.
“So much that has touched so many in so many different ways. An incredible life and a remarkable legacy. He will be sadly missed and long remembered.”
The vicar also offered a prayer to the Duke of Edinburgh and a blessing to Her Majesty the Queen.
The mayor and mayoress then attended a commemorative service for the Duke of Edinburgh, at the invitation of the High Sherriff of Dorset and Bishop of Sherborne, at Wimbourne Minster yesterday afternoon.