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Three men from South among Thatcher's coffin bearers

The Ministry of Defence has announced the names and details of the eight people who will be part of the Bearer Party carrying the coffin of the former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher. The funeral will take place on Wednesday 17 April 2013.

Three members of the bearer party are from the South. They are :

Able Seaman Thomas Baker, 22, from Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire

Corporal John Caulfield, 30, from Weymouth in Dorset

Lance Corporal Tej Pun, 31, from Ashford in Kent

Train companies run extra carriages to Thatcher funeral

Train companies in the south say they will run extra carriages to take thousands of extra passengers to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, it has just been announced.

Southeastern and Southern say where possible extra carriages will be added to services, but that it is not possible to run extra trains because the tracks are already full.

Southeastern say as many extra carriages as possible will be added.

Southern say services with extra capacity will include:

  • 11.30 Bognor to Victoria strengthened from 4 to 8 carriages
  • 10.07 East Grinstead to Victoria strengthened from 4 to 10 carriages
  • 12.37 East Grinstead to Victoria strengthened from 4 to 10 carriages
  • 13.37 East Grinstead to Victoria strengthened from 4 to 8 carriages
  • 12.20 Horsham to Victoria strengthened from 4 to 12 carriages

However a spokesman for Southern said "Unfortunately, we simply don’t have rolling stock available to strengthen trains from Brighton into London."

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Bercow to boycott funeral

Sally Bercow the wife of the Commons Speaker, who has said she will not be attending the funeral of Baroness Thatchee Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Mrs Bercow, an outspoken Labour supporter, was invited to attend the service as the wife of her husband, John, who will be going.

But in a statement today, she said that she was not obliged to accompany him in the performance of his public duties.

She also accused No 10 of leaking details of her decision not to go to the press in order to try to undermine her husband.

"As Commons Speaker, John will be attending the funeral - and rightly so. But I'm not obliged to participate in my husband's public life - last time I looked, this was the 21st century! John holds public office and an important position, not me," she said.

Margaret Thatcher's funeral: more than 700 Armed Forces personnel

Baroness Thatcher meeting Armed Forces personnel recently Credit: Ministry of Defence

Details have been released of the plans for Margaret Thatcher's funeral at St. Paul's Cathedral. The Ministry of Defence says, the funeral, to be held on Wednesday, will involve more than 700 Armed Forces personnel, including many from our region.

The Coffin will be drawn on a Gun Carriage of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery from St Clement Danes Church (the church of the Royal Air Force) in the Strand to St Paul’s, with the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force lining the route.

Outside the Cathedral a Guard of Honour and Band of 1st Battalion Welsh Guards will be formed up. While the Ceremonial Procession takes place, the Honourable Artillery Company will fire Processional Minute Guns from Tower Wharf, HM Tower of London.

Carrying the Coffin of Lady Thatcher into the Cathedral will be a Bearer Party made up of all three Services, including those from ships, units and stations notable for their service during the Falklands Campaign.

Positioned on the steps will be a Step Lining party made up of 18 tri-Service personnel and a contingent of In-Pensioners of the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Senior military representatives will attend the service.