On behalf of the councillors and staff at Stone Parish Council and the residents of the parish, I would like to pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II following her sad passing.

Throughout her record-breaking 70-year reign, Her Majesty has not faltered in her devotion and selfless commitment to the United Kingdom.

Her remarkable sense of duty, humility and poise serve as a shining example for all of us involved in public service.

In 2012, the Council designated Stone Recreation Ground as a ‘Field in Trust’, protecting this space in perpetuity for the parish and creating a living legacy to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Her more recent Platinum Jubilee earlier this year brought people together again following the Covid pandemic to celebrate with a renewed sense of community.

These legacies are testament to her leadership and will endorse her place in history as an iconic and inspirational head of state.

She will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the Royal Family.

A book of condolence will be open from tomorrow at Lizzies/Stone Pavilion. We also invite anyone that wishes to leave floral tributes to place these at the war memorial at Stone Recreation Ground.

Councillor Lucy Canham, Chairperson