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The Late PM David Thompson to be Accorded a State Funeral

Mr. Thompson to lie in state and repose for private and public viewers to show their respect for the late prime minister of Barbados

2010/10/23 06:00 PM

By: gop

Funeral arrangements for the funeral service of the Late Prime Minister (PM) David Thompson are now in place.

Prime Minister Freundel Stuart announced in a televised address to the nation last Sunday night that Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean will be responsible for the funeral arrangements.

Senator Maxine McClean has confirmed today that Mr. Thompson will be buried at the St. John Parish Church next Wednesday after a state funeral service at Kensington Oval which starts at 10 a.m.

The state funeral service at Kensington Oval will be preempted at 9 a.m. by a musical tribute to the late PM.

Senator McClean mentioned that schools will be closed of the day of the funeral so school children may show their respects. She is also in consultation with the private sector seeking possible closure of businesses particularly around the Kensington Oval until 1 p.m. on the day.

The route to the St. John Parish Church will later be release so persons may line the way of the procession.

Mr. Thompson will lie in state at the Parliament Building in Bridgetown, and he will later lie in repose at his former school, The Combermere Secondary School. Condolences books will be made available for persons to sign. The body of the late PM will be viewed for a total of five days.

On Friday October 29th, from 9 a.m. within the halls of Parliament and then at the Combermere School at 2 p.m.. On Saturday October 30th, at the Democratic Labour Party Headquarters, and on November 1st at the St. John Parish Church.

On November 2nd, the late Prime Minister's body will return to Parliament for the final day of viewing. Several condolence books will also be placed in these areas.

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