Reggae icon Frederick ‘Toots’ Hibbert will be laid to rest at the National Heroes Park in Kingston on November 15, almost two months after he died.
This was revealed on the weekend by the Olivia Grange, the Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport.
It is understood that Toots, who died on September 11, will be interred beside fellow reggae star Dennis Emanuel Brown.
In addition to the burial, there will also be a tribute concert on the day. The ‘Toots – Farewell to a Cultural Icon’ will be broadcast live on PBCJ and other platforms and will feature several top Jamaican entertainers.
The public will also get the opportunity to pay their respects to the icon at two public viewings. The first will be at the Anglican Church Hall in May Pen, Clarendon, on November 11, and the other will be at the National Area in Kingston on November 13. Both viewings will take place between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
People in Treadlight district in Clarendon, where Toots was born, will get the chance to get close to him when a funeral coach with his body drives through the community.
The official interment date comes as good news for many people who were disappointed when his burial at the Dovecot Memorial Gardens had to be abandoned on October 15 after the required burial order could not be located.