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Traffic changes for Sir Howard's funeral

Thursday, August 07, 2014    

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MEMBERS of the public are being advised that there will be traffic changes along major thoroughfares tomorrow to facilitate the State Funeral for the late former Governor-General Sir Howard Cooke.

Sir Howard died on July 11 at the age of 98. A Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity, 1 George Headley Drive, Kingston, commencing at 10:00 a.m. and interment follows at National Heroes Park.

There will be road closures, limited access and traffic diversions for the funeral service and burial.

South Camp Road between Merrion Road in front of the Traffic Court and East Queen Street, and all roads leading on, will be closed to vehicular traffic from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Only persons attending the funeral will be allowed access. North Street between South Camp Road and Duke Street will also be closed to vehicular traffic. East Street between Charles Street and South Heroes Circle and all roads leading on, will be closed to the general motoring public.

Pedestrians will have limited access to business facilities in the cordoned-off areas.

The police will be responsible for directing traffic along the routes, and motorists are asked to adhere to the directions given by the police officers.

Following the service, the funeral procession will travel along North Street up East Street and enter Heroes Park using the South Gate. Marescaux Road between North Heroes Circle, Connolly Avenue and Duke Street at South Heroes Circle and all roads leading on will be closed to vehicular traffic prior to the procession from the church to Heroes Park.

The procession will be escorted by the Police Mounted Troop, followed by officers and men of the Second Battalion of the Jamaica Regiment; Massed Bands and Drums; the Chief of Defence Staff; the Commissioner of Police; the clergy; the Gun Carriage bearing the coffin; the Military; Insignia Bearers, family and official mourners. There will be a Guard of Honour formed by the Second Battalion of the Jamaica Regiment, from the Cathedral of the Most Holy Trinity to the burial site.

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