By Phil Creighton. Additional reporting: John Baron
Church bells will be tolled across West Leeds tomorrow (Friday) as the nation mourns for the Queen.
Parish churches, chapels and cathedrals are being encouraged to open for prayer or special services, and, at noon, toll bells for an hour.
Churches will also open books of condolence for parishioners to sign, while flags will fly at half-mast until the day after the Queen’s funeral, details of which have yet to be announced.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Rt Revd Justin Welby, paid tribute, saying: “The Late Queen leaves behind a truly extraordinary legacy: one that is found in almost every corner of our national life, as well as the lives of so many nations around the world, and especially in the Commonwealth.
“It was my great privilege to meet Her Late Majesty on many occasions. Her clarity of thinking, capacity for careful listening, inquiring mind, humour, remarkable memory and extraordinary kindness invariably left me conscious of the blessing that she has been to us all.
“In my prayers at this time I also give thanks for the marriage of The Late Queen and His Late Royal Highness Prince Philip. Theirs was an inspirational example of Christian marriage – rooted in friendship, nourished by shared faith, and turned outwards in service to others.
“May Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II rest in peace and rise in glory.”
Pudsey Parish Church will be open over the next few days starting tomorrow (Friday) when the church will be open from 10am-6pm for anyone who wishes to visit in stillness, light a candle, sit and reflect, or write in the formal Book of Condolence. All are welcome to visit, people of all faiths or none.
The church will also be open on Saturday from 9am-12noon.
From 10am tomorrow there will also be an area of the churchyard outside designated for anyone to leave flowers as a symbol of grief.
Christ Church in Armley will be open tomorrow from 12-5pm and on Saturday from 10am-2pm for prayer and to light a candle.