Tributes continue for late Barbados PM David Thompson – Cancellations for various events & Traffic Coordination for State Funeral

According to the DLP’s Besley Maycock, former Barbados envoy to the United Nations, a popular weekend lecture has been postponed out of respect to the fallen leader;- “In view of the period of mourning following the untimely death of our late beloved Prime Minister, there will be no Unity Bar Session on Friday, 2010-10-29. Information about the next session will be communicated in due course. May he rest in Peace!

  • The National Sports Council also on similar grounds is advising the public about the church service to mark the 40th Anniversary of the National Stadium, which was scheduled for October 31, has been postponed until further notice.

The change is due to passing of the former Prime Minister of Barbados, the Hon. David Thompson. Also in honour of Rt Hon David Thompson, the National Task Force on Crime Prevention (NTFCP) is postponing some activities for Crime Awareness Week, in keeping with the official mourning period, Director Cheryl Willoughby said today.

The postponed events are the public lecture on The Role of the Community in the Governance of Crime, scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, October 27 at 7 p.m. at Grand Barbados Beach Resort, and, Community Outreach, planned for Saturday, October 30 at Emerald City.

The NTFCP will inform the public of the new dates after the State Funeral for the PM.

  • Next week further preparations are forthcoming… As Barbadians prepare to say goodbye to the late Rt Hon David Thompson, next Wednesday, November 3, all schools on the island will be closed.

This was announced last night by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean.

She also said that on the day of the State Funeral, businesses will be closed for the first part of the day until 1:00 p.m.

Thousands of Barbadians are expected to pack Kensington Oval to bid a final farewell to this island’s sixth Prime Minister during a nationally and regionally televised service.

It is anticipated that school children and other Barbadians will also take the opportunity to show their respect by lining the route to St. John’s Parish Church.

  • Barbadians have been assured that former Prime Minister, the Hon. David Thompson, will be accorded the type of farewell befitting his prominence and exemplary contribution to this country, when a State Funeral for him is held on Wednesday, November 3, at the historic Kensington Oval.

Foreign Affairs Minister, Senator McClean, made this known today after a meeting at Government Headquarters with representatives of various agencies to plan the funeral arrangements for Mr. Thompson, who passed away last Saturday morning.

The Upper Chamber member & Government Minister charged with the responsibility of overseeing and coordinating activities for the period of official mourning and the State Funeral, was at the time giving an in-depth outline of plans for the occasion.

She said: “There will be park-and-ride facilities offered to the travelling public at various points, and admission to the service at Kensington Oval will be by ticket only.

The entire service, which will be preceded by half an hour of musical tributes by the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, starting at 9:00 a.m., will be broadcast live on radio and television here and across the region.

The service will be followed by the interment at the St. John Parish Church. Details regarding these matters will be forthcoming from the Barbados Government Information Service,” she revealed.

The Minister explained that as a lead-up to the funeral, there would be the lying-in-state and the provision of condolence books for signing at a number of locations. Starting on Thursday, October 28, the body will lie-in-state upstairs in the East Wing of Parliament where, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., there will be private viewing by dignitaries in the order of the Table of Precedence, from the Governor General to current and former Members of Parliament.

From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. that same day, as well as on Tuesday, November 2, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., members of the public may view the body upstairs the East Wing of Parliament.

The Late Prime Minister of Barbados, The Rt Hon David Thompson, QC & MP, 1961/2010

The public will also have an opportunity to see Mr. Thompson on Friday, October 29, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at his alma mater, Combermere; the following day, Saturday, October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the George Street Auditorium, George Street; and at the St. John Parish Church on November 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Persons will be able to sign condolence books at the following locations: downstairs the East and West Wings of Parliament on October 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on October 29 and 30, and November 1 and 2.

Condolence books will also be placed at Government Headquarters for public officers on October 29 and 30, and November 1 and 2 from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day; at the George Street Auditorium, George Street, on October 29 and 30, and November 1 and 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day; at Combermere School on October 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and at the Gall Hill Community Centre, St. John, on October 29 and 30, and November 1 and 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

Senator McClean is expected to unfold additional details when she speaks to the news media at a press briefing on Wednesday, October 27.

  • As Barbadians ready for the 3rd State Funeral of a Prime minister who died in office, tributes still arrive… Even in a Sports capacity, here’s a moving statement from the West Indies Players Association;-

In extending condolences to the relatives, the Government and people of Barbados, on the passing of late Prime Minister David Thompson, WIPA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Dinanath Ramnarine, has praised him for being a true friend of cricket in the best Barbadian tradition with a passionate commitment for the growth and development of, and excellence in, West Indies cricket.

Speaking on behalf of the Members and Executive of WIPA, Mr. Ramnarine associates himself with the grief and loss suffered by the people of Barbados, including the sporting fraternity, on the death of this very young and inspiring Prime Minister.

  • Overseas dignitaries continue to make their feelings known as well, including South America, where Hugo Chavez conveyed the mourning of Caracas;-

The President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Commander Hugo Chávez, in the name of the Venezuelan people expresses his sincerest words of condolence to the people and government of Barbados, on the occasion of the passing of Prime Minister David Thompson on the 23rd of October, 2010.

Prime Minister David Thompson was a distinguished political leader and public servant, who throughout his career, occupied various positions in the service of the people of Barbados.

The Venezuelan people and government reiterate their feelings of brotherhood with the people and government of Barbados and express their solidarity at this exceptionally sad moment in their history.

{DATA COURTESY: BGIS, Democratic Labour Party & WIPA}

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