Jamaica News, St James: The large crowd which was anticipated to turn out at Sam Sharpe Square in Montego Bay, St James, for the viewing of the late former Prime Minister, Edward Seaga, was a no show.
Many Montegonians expressed their concern at the small crowd of party supporters who turned out at the venue, and most are of the opinion that the decision taken to have a closed casket viewing, created a dent on the proceedings.
In attendant was the Mayor of Montego Bay, his worship, Homer Davis, the Custos, Hon Conrad Pitkin, Member of Parliament Marline Malahoo Forte, along with a host of councilors and members of parliament.
One of every two mourners says they were disgruntled upon being informed that the casket which holds the body of the political giant, was not going to be opened.
Mr. Seaga’s body lies in state at the Montego Bay Civic Centre, in Sam Sharpe Square, Montego Bay, St James, on Friday morning.
The viewing of the closed casket started at the Civic Centre venue from 9:00 a.m. and will run up to 12:00 noon.
From there the delegation transporting the remains of Jamaica’s fifth Prime Minister, will move on to the St John’s Anglican church in Ocho Rios, St Ann, for viewing at 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Then at 7:00 p.m., there will be a candle lighting vigil at the Ocho Rios pier.
Residents of St Ann will get to spend more time with Seaga’s remains, as he is said to have played a vital role in the development of that particular parish.