Proclamation services held in Bristol, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and Somerset

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Towns across the West Country will come together to mark the proclamation of King Charles III.

Services will be held across the region today (12 September) to mark his accession to the throne.

The new sovereign was proclaimed in a service at St James's Palace on Saturday (10 September), where the King pledged himself to take on the “heavy responsibilities of Sovereignty”.

Where will services of proclamation be held across the West Country?

  • Barnstaple

The official declaration of the accession of the new monarch will take place at 10am outside outside the Guildhall on Butchers Row today (12 September).

Local people have been invited to attend the event, which will see North Devon Council's Chair, Julie Hunt, read the proclamation, before leading a two-minute silence.

The Guildhall flag will also be raised for the duration of the proclamation from its position at half-mast and the event is scheduled to coincide with all the district proclamations across Devon. 

Anyone attending is being asked to wear dark clothing such as black ties, or similar 'appropriate attire'.

  • Honiton

East Devon District Council’s proclamation will be held at 10am today at Blackdown House in Honiton. The Council's Chair, Councillor Ian Thomas, will read the proclamation before leading a two minute silence.

Anyone wishing to attend has been asked to arrive at 9.45am at the latest to ensure a prompt start, and to dress appropriately, by wearing dark clothing such as black ties.

The event will be taking place outside at the front of the building. 

  • Newquay

The town council will be holding a proclamation in St Michael's Church, in Newquay at 2pm on Monday (12 September).

  • Newton Abbot

Teignmouth's proclamation will be read at 10am on Monday at Old Forde House on Brunel Road in Newton Abbot.

  • Tavistock

West Devon Borough Council will hold their Proclamation at 10 am today at Kilworthy Park in Tavistock.

  • Tiverton

The historic ceremony to formally announce the accession of the new Monarch will also take place at 10am today outside Phoenix House, in Tiverton. Members of the public have been invited to attend the official declaration.

The event will see chairman of Mid-Devon District Council read the proclamation and the flag raised for the duration of the ceremony.

  • Totnes

South Hams District Council will hold their Proclamation at 10 am on Monday (12 September) at Follaton House in Totnes.

Where have proclamations already taken place?

  • Bristol

The official declaration of the accession of the new Monarch occurred on College Green on Sunday (11 September), with hundreds of members of the public attending.

A proclamation group formed from the City’s leaders, dignitaries and sector representatives, and meet at City Hall before marching onto the Green.

All public council meetings have been suspended and will be rescheduled for after the mourning period.

  • Gloucestershire

The first reading of the proclamation in Gloucester was carried out by the High Sheriff of Gloucestershire on the steps of Shire Hall on Westgate Street, on Sunday.

A second proclamation was read at 2pm by the Mayor of Gloucester at the North Warehouse at Gloucester Docks.

This was followed by a short service of thanksgiving led by The Right Reverend Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester.

The Mayor of Cheltenham, Councillor Sandra Holliday, also read a proclamation marking the Queen’s death on the steps of the Municipal Offices on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, a ceremony was held in Stroud on the Subscription Rooms forecourt in George Street on Sunday. The the Mayor, Cllr Stella Parkes, read a proclamation marking the beginning of King Charles III's reign.

Another service also took place in South Gloucestershire at Kingswood Civic Centre led by chair of the council, councillor Sanjay Shambh.

  • Somerset

Services were held in Bath, Taunton and Weston-super-Mare.

Jennifer Duke, The High Sheriff of Somerset, read the proclamation at Market Town House in Taunton town centre on Sunday,

The local proclamation was a short ceremony supported by the five councils – Somerset County Council, Somerset West and Taunton Council, Sedgemoor District Council, Mendip District Council and South Somerset District Council.

In Bath, the proclamation took place at 2pm in the Guildhall, read by chair of Bath and North East Somerset Council, councillor Shaun Stephenson-McGall.

The Guildhall, Roman Baths and Pulteney Bridge were then illuminated in purple in tribute to the Queen, and will stay so during the mourning period.

A service also took place at 3pm on Sunday at the Italian Gardens in Weston-super-Mare.

  • Wiltshire

In Wiltshire, the county proclamation was made by the High Sheriff of Wiltshire on the steps of old County Hall in Trowbridge on Sunday.

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