BRIGHTON has almost become a ‘ghost town’ as the city prepares to bid a final farewell to Her Majesty the Queen.
A state funeral for Queen Elizabeth II, the country’s longest reigning monarch, will take place at Westminster Abbey from 11am.
Today has been declared a bank holiday to allow people to watch the ceremony, with Argus reporter Zac Sherratt describing Brighton city center as virtually deserted during a normally busy rush hour.
He said: “There is a somber mood in the streets this morning. Many businesses are closed and only a handful of people line the sidewalks.
“Royalist or not, today is certainly an occasion that has taken over the city and the country.”
Brighton station was also surprisingly left empty despite fears many would flock to the capital to line the streets ahead of the funeral.
Zac said: “The few people who are at the train station this morning seem to be going to places of leisure rather than the Queen’s funeral this morning.
“Monday morning train station business is still there, and the coffee vendors are as loud and cheerful as ever.”
Shops and supermarkets across the city will be closed until at least 5pm to allow staff and customers to watch the funeral. Billboards and billboards show the Queen’s royal cipher on a black background.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/22311378.brighton-a-ghost-town-ahead-queens-state-funeral/?ref=rss Brighton is ‘a ghost town’ ahead of the Queen’s state funeral.