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‘Burial plot being considered as heritage site’

By Elizabeth Williams

Vice-Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier General Anthony WJ Phillips Spencer said all efforts are being made to have Arthur NR Robinson’s burial plot preserved as a heritage site.

 “Consideration is already being given to making the burial site for the former president, prime minister and (Tobago House of Assembly) chairman a heritage site here in Tobago,” said Spencer, as he spoke of preparations for the State funeral service of Robinson, who died on April 9 at the age of 87 and will be buried in Tobago tomorrow. Robinson’s body was scheduled to arrive at ANR Robinson International Airport in Tobago from Trinidad around 5.45 p.m. yesterday.

The body was then to be moved in a procession to Union Funeral Home in Scarborough.

Between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. today, the public will pay their respects at the Assembly Legislature chamber at Jerningham Steet, Scarborough, where about 500 people have already signed the condolence book.

Spencer stressed anyone who wishes to be unruly as they file past Robinson’s body will be removed from the area. 

The State funeral service will take place from 9.30 a.m. tomorrow at Dwight Yorke Stadium, Bacolet, where work was continuing apace when the Express visited the venue on Wednesday.

Traffic restrictions will be enforced.

A private service will then take place at Scarborough Methodist Church, followed by the final full military procession, the largest of its kind in Tobago, along Orange Hill and Milford Road, before proceeding to Scarborough Methodist Cemetery.

Several dignitaries are also scheduled to be in Tobago for the service.

“At this point I can confirm that two heads of state, one gover­nor general and ministers representing prime ministers and governments of other countries in the Caribbean will be attending,” said Spencer, who added Robinson carried a legacy of which we could all be proud.

“It shows the great people our country can produce. He was like a father to me,” he said.

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