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Contact: Claudia Monlouis


Monday,  September 24, 2007 –  Saint Lucians are being applauded for the calm and dignified  manner in which they collectively mourned the passing of  the country's  distinguished former Prime Minister  the Right Honourable Sir John G.M. Compton.


The official two week  period of national mourning came to an end at midnight, Friday 22 nd   September, having been declared shortly after Sir John's death on the evening of September 07th.


Minister in the  Prime Minister's Office Senator Honourable Tessa Mangal  said   by and large, the media responded commendably, adjusting  their programming to suit the  sombre  mood of the country. The minister however  held one reservation towards the 'talk show' genre which she  said in some cases 'could have been better controlled'.


Ms. Mangal said  the Compton  family has  also expressed positive comments about  the manner in which the nation observed the passing of  Sir John.     “As far as I'm aware  the information and feedback that we've gotten is that they were very satisfied, they were very happy with the way in which the people of Saint Lucia responded  and respected their wishes and the wishes of Sir John with regard to his funeral arrangements.”


The end of  the official mourning period  does not  bring an end to the depth of  loss and sadness which many continue to feel by the death of Sir John.  Many local, regional and international personalities and institutions continue to eulogise Sir John's life as a great person,  politician and leader.

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