Preparations are in train for the state funeral of Barbados’ longest serving Governor General, Sir Clifford Husbands.
The former head of state, who served from 1996 until October 31, 2011 passed away at age 91 on October 11.
“It looks like all systems are go and everything should run smoothly on Friday morning,” Minister of Labour, Social Security and Human Resource Development Senator Dr Esther Byer-Suckoo informed the media at the dress rehearsal this morning.
Byer-Suckoo, who has lead responsibility for the state funeral, said Sir Clifford’s service will be held at the St Lucy Parish Church.
Members of Cabinet, the Royal Barbados Police Force Band, the Barbados Defence Force and other Government officials will also participate in the proceedings.
Applying the finishing touches, employees of the Ministry of Transport and Works were today sprucing up the environs of the northern church.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, at 10 a.m. However, a funeral procession will depart Lyndhurst Funeral Home, Passage Road, St Michael, at 7:45 a.m. heading northward along the Ronald Mapp Highway accompanied by outriders from the Royal Barbados Police Force. The procession is expected to arrive at the church at 8:30 a.m.
The late Governor General will be buried in a grave next to his wife, Lady Ruby Husbands, in the cemetery of the church.
As the country is in a period of mourning, from today until November 3, all national flags across the island will fly at half-mast in his honour.