The Worshipful The Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Dr Ann Jaron has sent a letter of condolence to Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family on behalf of the people of Sandwell.

Cllr Jaron also observed a minute’s silence yesterday (Saturday 17 April), to coincide with the national silence marking the start of the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral service.

People were able to join in individually, in their homes, on their doorsteps or wherever they are at the time.

Flags at public buildings in the borough reverted to full mast today (Sunday 18 April).

The council’s online book of condolence will close tomorrow (Monday) morning.