State Funeral to be held for A.N.R. Robinson

By Admin Wednesday April 16 2014 in Caribbean
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PORT-OF-SPAIN: The Government of Trinidad and Tobago has announced that five days of funeral services will be held to honour the life of former president Arthur Napoleon Raymond (A.N.R.) Robinson, who died last week at the age of 87 after a prolonged illness.


National Security Minister Gary Griffith, who is chairing a committee planning the funeral services for Robinson, said the former prime minister would be laid to rest at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery on Saturday, May 3, in Robinson’s homeland of Tobago.


Robinson’s body will lie in State in a closed casket draped with the national flag at the Rotunda of the Red House in Port-of-Spain on Tuesday, April 29 and Wednesday, April 30. A funeral service will be held at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) on Thursday, May 1.


Griffith said the funeral service at NAPA will be preceded by a procession of a military cortege with full honours.


Following the funeral service in Trinidad, Robinson’s body will be flown to Tobago, where it will lie in State at the Legislative Chamber of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) on Friday, May 2. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held on Saturday, May 3, preceded by the procession of a military cortege with full honours along a route to be lined with members of the Protective Services and uniformed youth groups.


Robinson’s final committal and burial will be conducted at the Scarborough Methodist Cemetery with full military honours following the ceremony.


Official condolence books are available for signing at various locations across the country.

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