Margaret Thatcher's funeral: Grassroots mingle with the great and the good
Oliver WrightThey began arriving early, just after eight. Black hats and morning suits mingling with commuters emerging from the rush-hour Tube. Some were household names: Jeremy Clarkson, looking uncomfortably smart in black suit and black tie; Joan Collins on the arm of husband No 5; the Welsh opera singer Katherine Jenkins in funeral chic and the Duchess of York, seated safely on the other side of the cathedral from her former in-laws.
Others were not famous but probably better known to Baroness Thatcher. Sue Goodchild, who served as her social secretary during all her time in Downing Street, was among a large contingent of staff – both before and after her time in politics – who had come to pay their last respects.
Pru Winton, Amelia McCourty and Tiz Baskerville travelled from Cheshire, Warwickshire and Suffolk respectively. They were grassroots Tories who had met Lady Thatcher many times over the years at conferences and constituency visits. More than 300 ordinary party faithful had been invited.
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" Margaret Thatcher's funeral: Grassroots mingle with the great and the good", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), avril 2013. Consulté le 07/12/2023. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/margaret-thatcher-s-funeral-grassroots-mingle-with-the-great-and-the-good