Thousands pay respects to late PM

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, Friday October 29, 2010 – Thousands Barbadians began paying their respects to the late Prime Minister David Thompson whose body lay in state at the Parliament buildings yesterday.

Politicians and Barbadians from all walks of life became emotional as they passed by the open, flag-draped casket of the 48-year-old Thompson who succumbed to pancreatic cancer last weekend.

Governor General Sir Clifford Husbands was the first to pay his respects and offer condolences to Thompson’s widow Mara, children, Misha, Oya and Osa-Marie and other family members.

He was followed by Government Ministers, Members of Parliament, Senators, members of the Judiciary and members of the Diplomatic Corps.  Members of the public later filed past their late leader.

Today, Thompson’s body will lie in state at the Combermere School, his alma mater, and members of the public will have the opportunity to view his body again tomorrow at the George Street Auditoruim, the headquarters of the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) which he led up to the time of his death.

Viewing will continue next Monday at the St John Parish Church and the following day, at the Parliament again.

The State Funeral for the late prime minister will be held the next day, Wednesday, November 3rd, at Kensington Oval.

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