Queen Elizabeth II: Tributes, reaction and live updates as the people of Wigan join the nation in period of mourning

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Friday will be a day to reflect as people in Wigan pay their respects, following the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

As the period of mourning begins, here we will publish the tributes, reaction and latest news during this momentous time.

Updates as Wigan mourns the passing of Queen Elizabeth II

West Lancashire MP Rosie Cooper said: “I was incredibly sad to hear that Her Majesty The Queen had died.

“On her 21st birthday, she promised that her life would be dedicated to our country’s service. To her dying day she fulfilled that vow with unparalleled dignity and dedication and was a constant throughout many difficult times in the past 70 years of her reign.

“I pay tribute to her lifetime of service and incredible legacy. My thoughts are with The King and the rest of the Royal Family during this difficult time of national mourning.”

Here’s the full story on the Wigan 10k and family mile, which are taking place this weekend. But both Haigh Woodland parkrun and Pennington Flash parkrun have now announced that they’re cancelled.

The Wigan 10k and family mile are definitely ON this Sunday and there will be a minute’s silence for the Queen.

The Proms in the Park event due to be held at Pennington Hall Park in Leigh tomorrow has been postponed.

Mayor of West Lancashire Coun Marilyn Westley said: “The people of West Lancashire and staff and councillors at West Lancashire Borough Council are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

“Queen Elizabeth II has been the longest serving monarch in British history and a major international figure for more than seven decades. We send our condolences to all the Royal Family at this sad time.”

Bolton West MP Chris Green, whose constituency includes Atherton, said: “With deep sorrow we learnt of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. This is such a difficult time for the country and Parliament has been suspended for 10 days so that we can mark this in a dignified manner.

“Bolton and Wigan Council’s have opened Books of Remembrance at their Town Halls and at other locations around the Boroughs.

“God Save the King.”