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Commemorating the life of David Thompson


The life and work of one of this island’s former Prime Ministers will be commemorated next week, as the Democratic Labour Party and its St John branch hosts the David Thompson Memorial Week Of Activities.

Senator Andre Worrell, the DLP’s assistant aecretary, said Thompson, in his 23 years as representative of the constitency of St John had given a lot to the development of the party and the country as a whole.

“We find it fitting and would want that he would always be remembered. Even though his period as Prime Minister was rather short period of time, we can still say that David Thompson left a legacy in Barbados, and he will always be remembered by Barbadians.

“He has actually placed his footprint and handprint all over Barbados’ political development over the years, from when he started his active life in politics at an early age, up to the time of his death in 2010,” Worrell said.

The activities to mark the week will begin on Sunday, October 20, with a church service at 9 a.m. at the St Mark’s Anglican Church, College Savannah, St John, and will be followed by a 5k Walk And Run starting at the Gall Hill Playing Field at 4 p.m. At 7 p.m., the 7s Cricket Tournament will bowl off and will continue on Monday, October 21, and Wednesday, October 23.

One of the highlights of the week will be the David Thompson Memorial Lecture to be delivered by Professor Emeritus Earle Newton on the topic How Education Has Transformed Barbados Over The Past 50 Years. It will be in the Major Noot Hall of the Combermere School, Thompson’s alma mater, on Thursday, October 24, starting at 7:30 p.m.

On Friday, there will be the weekly Democratic Labour Party lunchtime lecture and an after-work social lime at the party’s George Street headquarters. On Saturday, the curtain comes down with continuing fixtures in the David Thompson Memorial Football Classic. (RG) 

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