State Funeral for Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson, Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Saying Goodbye to David in the rain

(The link to the CBC live coverage has been closed.)

Dark clouds and rain on one side of Kensington Oval, blue sky and sun on the other.

Original story of the…

Service and viewing schedule

(Courtesy of The Nation)

BARBADIANS WILL start to pay their last respects to the late Prime Minister David Thompson before next Wednesday’s 9:30 a.m. state funeral at Kensington Oval, as his body will lie in-state from tomorrow and condolence books will be open at various locations.

Tomorrow, Thursday October 28th, the body will lie in-state upstairs in the East Wing of Parliament where, from 9 a.m. to 11 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 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday October 28th and next Tuesday, November 2nd from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., members of the public may view the body upstairs the East Wing of Parliament.

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

Persons will be able to sign condolence books at the following locations: downstairs the East and West Wings of Parliament Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday,  Saturday, and next Monday and Tuesday.

Condolence books will also be placed at Government Headquarters for public officers on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day; at the George Street Auditorium, those same days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ; at Combermere School on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and at the Gall Hill Community Centre, St. John, on Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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24 responses to “State Funeral for Barbados Prime Minister David Thompson, Wednesday, November 3, 2010

  1. rasta man

    Wonder what is the sense of businesses opening at 1.00pm? Surely it would be best if they remained closed for the day.

  2. X

    I think the Gov’t perhaps wanted to not completely disrupt business in tough economic times and they perhaps view this as a reasonable compromise. I would think it more sensible to either have had the funeral on a Sunday or make it a full public holiday. Employees are going to be bellyaching about still having to go to work and little will get done on that day as a result.

  3. me

    trust me, no one is going to work after 1:00 pm.


    You people have got it right. Doesn’t seem as if much perceptive thought was put into the decision. But then – that’s what to expect when ‘scholars’ are in charge…..

  5. VC

    In my opinion, it does not make sense making it a work day…..doesn’t our beloved PM deserve his own day?

    Personally as a young woman in Barbados I would like to spend the day mourning, rejoicing and reflecting on the life of my PM and I can’t imagine going to work to carry on my day after that service.

    That is all.

  6. X

    I think one issue with making it a full holiday is that many (perhaps most) people won’t spend the day in mourning and reflection.

    I personally would spend it with my family at the beach – which I think is probably consistent with Thompson’s approach to family but probably inconsistent with what many people would consider a respectful use of the day.

  7. VC

    @ X – a day well spent nonetheless and in-keeping with an important focus of the PM.

  8. Politically Tired

    I agree, can’t see anyone going to work for 1pm, crazy idea. This should be a whole day in mark of respect for this wonderful man.

  9. Lady Anon

    Tomorrow is not October 21st, but October 28th. The 2nd and 3rd paragraphs say October 21st.

  10. what will they think of next

    Change the dates in paragraphs two and three, everyone at BFP sleeping?

  11. Isa

    Everyone knows that no-one will go back to work. Barbadians do not go to work when it rains, so they will surely not go to work on the day of our dear Prime Minister David Thompson’s funeral.

    Everyone should use the time to decorate the procession route with palm leaves and flowers, and school children should be in their uniforms lining the route. If the children went to school as normal, then the teachers could organise them to go to the route and line it. It would be a memorable event for them.

    If all people lining the route had a rose, then it could be thrown at the hearse as it passed. School boys could hold palm leaves, girls could throw the roses.

    Everyone attending the service at the Kensington Oval should be dressed appropriately, remember this day will be transmitted live throughout the world.

    I trust Mara will be dressed appropriately, as the widow of our late Prime Minister. Her children should be in black and some white if desired.

  12. Johnny Postle

    The government seriously needs to rethink the return to work 1:00pm thing because I do not think it will work. The day should be marked as a day of respect to the late Prime Minister and his family. All work should cease across the entire whole of Barbados. One day cannot kill any body and certainly one day cannot make the economy any better than it is right now. Nonsense

  13. Analyzer

    I am telling my staff not to come to work.

  14. Laady Anon

    Now the dates say 28st.

  15. Annette G.

    This should not be a day for work but for the mourning of our beloved late Prime Minister who died so young and at the pinnacle of his becoming the leader of the island. The day should be a time to reflect on our Prime Minister and to mourn with his family, close friends and work colleagues. No one will work on this day regardless even if they do go in to work just to be present on that day. Rest in Peace my late beloved Prime Minister. You will be missed.

  16. Slap Happy

    Enlighten me !

    Dress appropriately? Are you saying Mara doesn’t dress appropriately?

    Enlighten me!

    Who is coming?

  17. CAH

    It would seem to me that “businesses” would encompass rumshops, grocery stores , convenience stores, beauty salons, barber shops, etc. Thus, if all ‘businesses” were to remain closed for the entire day then I am not sure if the taking the day off would be as “entertaining” as people would want or expect.

  18. John

    Looks like we will be seeing tonight our first serious hurricane since Janet in 1955.

    Signs of the times.

  19. Deborah Small

    My greatest heart-felt sympathy to the family of the late Prime Minister of Bardados, I do pray that God embrace you all in the powerful arms, give you the strength and courage to keep strong.

    He was a good person, missed but certainly not forgotten, Mr Thompson, may your soul rest in peace

  20. May God grant you the strength to carry on where your love one left off. Many you find comfort in the arms of Jesus and live for him till he come or call you. You will be in the prayers of all barbadians here as we sympatize with you. May our Prime Minister rest in the arms of Jesus till we meet again some day.

  21. Do you think for one moment that you will get bajans work on this day even if they show up for work? Why could’nt you close down business for the day and let the people grieve in their own way? Only the hurricane can keep them home? Is’nt the Prime Minister worth the respect from the nation he served? I say STAY HOME….

  22. Teresa Craigg

    My heartfelt sympathy to the First Lady Mara Thompson, children and parents of my Prime Minister Hon.David Thompson. He had many dreams for us but he did not live to see them materialised. He was a visioneer. He may not live to see the fruits of his vision, but those that supported him, I hope they will continue with his vision for the people of barbados. We have lost another great leader (His mentor Errol Barrow) and now his mentee David Thompson who believed in democracy and justice. Dear Children, your dad has left a Legacy and an indelible mark on Barbados. I pray your strength in the Lord. Christ Church/Bronx, NY

  23. Anonymous

    For some of us, we were told it is a normal business day and the time off is not manditory. We were however permitted to attend or watch the funeral but were instructed to report for work at 1pm