Tuesday 22 October, 2019

PHOTOS: Spruce-up under way around Seaga’s funeral activities

A member of a work crew busy painting a sidewalk along a roadway in the general area where funeral activities are scheduled to take place for former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, in downtown Kingston on Sunday.  (Photos: Marlon Reid)

A member of a work crew busy painting a sidewalk along a roadway in the general area where funeral activities are scheduled to take place for former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, in downtown Kingston on Sunday. (Photos: Marlon Reid)

Preparations are well under way for the funeral of former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga.

Work crews were vigorously putting in the final touches on Thursday amid a general spruce-up of the areas around Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street, the National Heroes Park and the route to be taken by the funeral procession and to gain access to both the church and National Heroes Park.

Seaga, who won the bloody 1980 General Elections and governed until 1989, is to be given a state funeral on Sunday. The service is slated for Holy Trinity Cathedral on North Street in downtown Kingston, before the funeral procession moves to National Heroes Park, where he will be interred.

At the church, the entire surrounding is being spruced up. The main roads leading to and from the venue, as well as secondary turnoff roads, are also being overlaid or patched, as necessary, in sections.

Also, the sidewalks are being painted in the appropriate parking and no-parking colours of white and yellow, respectively, as the occasion is to involve the attendance of numerous dignitaries, including overseas heads of government.

On the Holy Trinity compound, another set of work crews was busy laying cables for the event to be smoothly televised, while the trees on the ground were being trimmed and unnecessary waste matter were being placed in heaps to be picked up and disposed of.

At Heroes Park, the grave that will be the final resting place for the former prime minister was being painted, this while there is extensive, ongoing construction work at the main entrance to the park on Marescaux Road.

Marl has been placed in sections of the entrance where the asphalt that was in place has been eaten away by lack of maintenance, in obvious preparation for the area to be paved. At the same time, the main structure at the entrance to the park is being tiled.

Loop News packaged some of the ongoing activities, which are carried in the slider below.

Spruce-up for 'Eddie'

Work crews were also seen trimming the flowers and doing gardening generally within the park.

Seaga, Jamaica's fifth Prime Minister, died on his birthday on May 28 in Miami, Florida in the United States of America, where he had gone to seek medical attention after ailing for some time.

Ironically, Seaga was born in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, where his Jamaican mother had gone, but returned to Jamaica when he was three months’ old.

He led the Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) from 1974 until 2005.

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