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PHOTO FLASHBACK:Eventide Home fire victims buried at Heroes Park

Published:Friday | May 26, 2023 | 8:17 AM
Governor General, the Most Hon. Florizel Glasspole (right), Mrs. Glasspole, Prime Minister Michael Manley and Jamaica Labour Party Deputy Leader Miss Enid Bennett at the graveside at National Heroes Park on May 26, 1980
Governor General, the Most Hon Florizel Glasspole, and Mrs Glasspole (at left), Prime Minister, the Hon Michael Manley across the aisle, at right and behind him the Leader of Opposition, Mr Edward Seaga, head the mourners at the May 26, 1980 memorial service for the victims of the Eventide Home fire at the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Kingston. Others from the Governor General's left are the Rt. Hon Hugh Shearer, Mr Douglas Vaz, Dr DK Duncan, Dr Percy Broderick, the Mayor of Kingston, Councillor Arthur Jones, the Hon. PJ Patterson, the Hon Hugh Small, the Hon Carlyle Dunkley and the Hon Ralph Brown.
An old lady had to be consoled after the sealing of the mass grave burial at the National Heroes Park on May 26, 1980.
Employees of the Eventide Home walking towards the mass grave at National Heroes Park on May 26, 1980.

Thousands gathered to mourn the death of the 145 persons who died in the Eventide fire. The Governor General, and the Prime Minister, along with other members of government, played different roles at the funeral.