DOZENS of residents and councillors attended a service of remembrance in Bournemouth for the Queen on Sunday evening on the eve of Her Majesty’s funeral. 

Mourners gathered at St Peter’s Chruch in Bournemouth town centre to listen to a sermon centred around Her late Majesty. 

The service initiated at 6pm with a prayer as people remained stood whilst remembering the Queen, who died peacefully at her beloved Balmoral, followed by a moment of silence. 

Residents and councillors, including the mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Bob Lawton and BCP Council’s deputy leader Phil Broadhead, sang hymns, including ‘St Denio’ and ‘Praise my Soul’ and read prayers of thanksgiving, commendation and a prayer for King Charles. 

Bournemouth Echo: Mayor of Bournemouth Bob LawtonMayor of Bournemouth Bob Lawton (Image: NQ)

Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Bob Lawton said the service was “excellent”, adding: “It was very moving, tearful, pleasant and gives us hope for the future.” 

Deputy council leader Phil Broadhead, representing Talbot & Branksome Woods, said: “It was a solemn but momentous event and it’s actually a real honour to be here to remember both the incredible lifetime of service from Her Majesty but to celebrate our new King.  

“There is a lot to be sad about but a lot to be hopeful for in the future.”  

Bournemouth Echo: Service for the Queen at St Peter's Church in BournemouthService for the Queen at St Peter's Church in Bournemouth (Image: NQ)

Cllr Mark Anderson, representing the Queen's Park ward, said: “I thought it was quite profound. It sent shivers through me. It was a very relevant service.” 

“Whilst I’m not looking forward to the funeral, I am looking forward to the pomp.” 

Cllr Anne Filer, representing East Cliff & Springbourne, said: “It was a lovely service and was very inclusive (I’m Jewish). I found it absolutely moving.” 

The service ended with the National Anthem and the sound of bagpipes.