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DLP COLUMN: David Thompson . . . I remember

BEA DOTTIN, [email protected]

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Bridging The Gap is the theme under which the life and times of the late Prime Minister David Thompson will be remembered by the Democratic Labour Party (DLP) this year. And the public is being asked to remember too the great contribution of our late party leader.
On October 23, David Thompson departed this earth, leaving a legacy of commitment and dedication to the improvement of the quality of life for all Barbadians. There will be a number of events hosted by the Democratic Labour Party and members to ensure his candle continues to burn.
On October 15 at Hilton Barbados, the people of Barbados will benefit from the launch of the book Barbados Is More Than An Economy . . . . It’s A Society. Thoughts, Words And Vision Of David Thompson.
The work pays literary tribute by capturing edited quotes from Mr Thompson’s many speeches across the landscape.  
The launch  is a combined effort of Minister of Education Ronald Jones and Families First.
The intention is to ensure our late Prime Minister and party leader’s words continue to be a source of inspiration to all generations. The event will see our Prime Minister Freundel Stuart delivering the feature address.
The DLP’s week of activities begins on Sunday, October 23, at St John’s Parish Church at 4 p.m. with a service celebrating the life of the late Prime Minister.
Theme of the week is Bridging The Gap, which seeks to capture Mr Thompson’s intergenerational appeal during his lifetime.
Other key events during the week include the inaugural David Thompson Memorial Lecture on October 27 at the Errol Barrow Centre For Creative Imagination of the University of the West Indies (Cave Hill Campus).
The memorial week will see Barbadians being encouraged to follow Mr Thompson’s footprints left in the sand.  
There can be no doubt the Honourable David Thompson was able to inspire and influence people across the political divide.
David Thompson was a fiesty debater, who believed in fair play and justice for all. He was an avid reader, who taught through his speeches. It is within this context that we set about to launch the memorial lecture.  
The memorial week will climax with a grand affair on the lawns of the Democratic Labour Party – David . . . . I Remember. This event will pay tribute in song, dance, drama and multimedia presentations. It is about sharing in his life.
David enjoyed a good lime and was known to be extremely gregarious. The evening will be addressed by our Prime Minister, among others who will tell of the life experiences they shared with the late leader.  
It will be a family affair, as we gather in fellowship to remember our party leader.
 As a nation, we celebrate a son of the soil, whose unswerving loyalty to the people of this country cannot be questioned. He lived a life of sacrificing much for many. We urge you to reflect upon his Thoughts, Words And Vision.
The words of David Thompson will live on in our hearts where he asked us to put Barbados first.