Amongst those who will be making the journey to honour the life of the late batsman, will be the Prime Minister of the country, Dr. Denzil Douglas who recently opined that while this is not an easy time for Morton’s loved ones, he hopes that the support of others will provide strength during this period of grief.
Also making known his sentiments ahead of Saturday’s service at the Elquemedo Willett Park in Charlestown, was Federal Minister of Sport, Mr. Glenn Phillip, who bemoaned the untimely passing of the 33-year-old, noting that it was a “tremendous loss” for the Nation and for the cricket fraternity locally, regionally and internationally. Phillip explained that the public gathering will be an emotional one.
“Holding a public service is the right thing to do,” he said, while highlighting Morton’s many accomplishments which endeared him to teammates and fans around the world. “He was a public figure, and this occasion will allow persons from all walks of life to join with us in celebrating the life of Runako Morton.”
The public proceedings will begin with tributes at 11:30am, while the service itself begins at 1:00pm.
Hundreds of mourners are expected to say goodbye to the former international batsman who died in an automobile accident on 4th March, 2012, in Trinidad. A memorial service was held for Morton in his adopted home of Trinidad on Tuesday 13th March.
The service will be broadcast live by Choice Radio 105.3FM in Nevis, while a live video stream will be available from Nevis Television Channel 8. This can be accessed online at www.livestream.com/ntv8.