Floral tributes left at Belfairs Methodist Church in memory of Sir David Amess MP, have been relocated today to Iveagh Hall, 67 Leigh Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Sir David’s constituency office. Notes and cards are also being removed and will be carefully preserved for the family.
The relocation has been agreed in liaison with Sir David’s family via their police family liaison officer. Signs have been placed at the site to inform people about what is happening and to ask people to now leave floral tributes at Iveagh Hall.
The flowers were blessed yesterday by Father Woolnough and other faith leaders who highlighted the huge number of beautiful flowers and wonderful messages of condolences on display. Father Woolnough also touched on Southend-on-Sea being granted City Status which was greeted with cheers by the surrounding crowd and he added that ‘Sir David was still working his magic’.
Earlier yesterday, the Mayor of Southend, Cllr Margaret Borton laid a wreath on behalf of the local community and was joined by leader of the council Ian Gilbert, deputy leader of the council Ron Woodley, Cllr Meg Davidson (Prittlewell Ward, deputy leader of the Conservative group), Cllr Peter Wexham (Leigh Ward, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrat group) and council chief executive Andy Lewis.
Floral wreaths left by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson and opposition leader Keir Starmer, who both visited the church on Saturday to pay their respects, will also be moved to Iveagh Hall. The Mayor’s macebearer started the process of relocation at midday today, with parks staff in attendance.
Cllr Gilbert said: “The vast number of floral tributes and touching messages of condolence on display is extremely comforting to see. It highlights how many people Sir David helped throughout his illustrious career as an MP, and the huge amount of respect people feel for him.
“Staff have been very conscious to do this work sensitively and in a dignified way, and that is why faith leaders visited the site yesterday afternoon and the Mayor’s macebearer started the process today, ahead of parks staff continuing the work to carefully move the flowers to Iveagh Hall. We now respectfully ask that any further floral tributes are also left at Iveagh Hall, where a Book of Condolence is available for people to sign.”
A Book of Condolence is available at the Civic Centre from 10am to 7pm in the Jubilee Room, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue. More on the website: Sir David Amess, MP – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council