Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Late PM Thompson laid to rest

Barbados' sixth Prime Minister, David Thompson, was laid to rest today at St. John Parish Church, after a moving two-hour funeral service at the historic Kensington Oval.

The service was preceded by the funeral procession from Downes and Wilson funeral home in Eagle Hall, to the Oval. Scores of Barbadians lined the streets to get a glimpse of the sombre spectatacle which accompanied the gun carriage bearing the former Prime Minister's body.

At Kensington Oval, dignitaries and the man-on-the-street gathered to pay their last respects. Some of the Heads of Government in attendance were PM Hubert Ingraham of the Bahamas; PM Denzil Douglas of St. Kitts; PM Tillman Thomas of Grenada; PM Baldwin Spencer of Antigua; PM Kamla Persad-Bissessar of Trinidad and PM Bruce Golding of Jamaica.

Also in attendance were cricket great Brian Lara; international recording artist Rihanna; and World Champion hurdler, Ryan Brathwaite.

Image: The family of late PM Thompson and Cabinet colleagues escort the gun carriage bearing his body into Kensington Oval. (courtesy GIS)

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