The Mayor of Warrington has been visiting care homes across the town this week, to share memories and reflect with residents on the life and service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The visits, which have seen the Mayor, Cllr Jean Flaherty, stopping off at 13 care homes, have given people the chance to remember the contributions made by the Queen, as Britain’s longest-reigning monarch.

As part of the visits, the Mayor has brought a book of condolence, so that people who can’t physically get to the Town Hall to sign the book have had the opportunity to pay their own respects.

Previous Mayor of Warrington, Cllr Maureen Creaghan, has joined the Mayor for a number of the visits.

The Mayor said: “During this period of national mourning, I felt it was important to visit some of our care home residents, to give them the opportunity to sign the book of condolence and to share some of their own memories of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

“The Queen played such an important role in our lives for so many years, and for many of our older residents in particular, her loss will be keenly felt. These visits give us the chance to come together in reflection of a truly remarkable life of service and give thanks for the immense contributions she made to our country and our communities.”

The national period of mourning will continue until the end of the day of the State Funeral, on Monday 19 September.

Residents and communities are also invited to join a National Moment of Reflection to mourn the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II outside Warrington Town Hall on Sunday 18 September at 8pm.