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Elderly women join in Surat Thani tribute for King

Oct 26. 2017
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By The Nation

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Two elderly, bed-ridden patients in Ban Na San district of Surat Thani province weren’t left behind on Thursday when the community joined in the nationwide rites to honour HM the late King Rama IX.

Provincial governor Wichwuth Jinto assigned officials from the Surat Thani Social Development and Human Security Office to bring sandalwood flowers to the women – Pian Hnakkaew, 100, and Thin Wuthipong, 94 – at their home in Tambon Kuan Suban.

The women said their prayers for the late King and then the flowers were taken to the designated floral tribute site on their behalf.

Pian and Thin said they were glad that they could join in this important rite despite their deteriorating health.

Surat Thani has set up a replica of the Royal Crematorium for the public to lay flowers at Wat Klang Mai in Muang district. It was overwhelmed by mourners who formed queues that reportedly stretched as far as 10 kilometres.

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