Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, is pictured as she speaks to members of the media during a press briefing to give an update on plans for the State Funeral of former Prime Minister the Hon. David Thompson.The press briefing was held at Government Headquarters.
Thousands of Barbadians are expected to pack Kensington Oval for the State Funeral of former Prime Minister the Honourable David Thompson. A number of visiting dignitaries, including CARICOM Chairman, Bruce Golding, are also expected to pay their last respects to this country’s sixth Prime Minister next Wednesday, November 3.
An update was given today by Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator Maxine McClean, during a press briefing at Government Headquarters.
She said: "With respect to the conduct of the service, a number of religious denominations will be represented. Dr. the Hon. John Holder will be the main celebrant. It is estimated that the duration of the service will be for one and a half hours and the service will be preceded by musical tributes beginning at 8:50 a.m. and this will be followed by the interment at the St. John’s Parish Church."
Senator McClean indicated that many Barbadians were desirous of attending the funeral service, but stressed that admission to Kensington Oval would be by ticket only and persons would have to be seated by 8:30 a.m.
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