BRIDGETOWN, Barbados: David Thompson, the late Prime Minister of Barbados, was laid to rest yesterday morning at a service that was attended by thousands of Barbadians, along with regional leaders and representatives of foreign governments.
The service, held at the historic Kensington Oval, followed several days of his body laying in state at various locations across the nation.
The casket bearing the body of Thompson, who died on October 23 at the age of 48, was carried on a gun carriage in an official procession along streets to the location of the service and later to the private burial at the St. John’s Parish Church cemetery in the constituency which he served for 23 years.
Thousands of Barbadians lined the routes to bid farewell to Thompson, the nation’s sixth prime minister. The service and interment was also broadcast live on local and regional television.
In addition to several CARICOM Heads, those in attendance included a three-member United States presidential delegation.