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Thatcher fan has 'she never turned' tattooed on leg

Dave had 'she never turned' tattooed onto his leg in memory of Margaret Thatcher. Credit: Paraic O'Brien

An admirer of Margaret Thatcher, who is in Whitehall to watch the funeral procession, has had a tattoo imprinted on his leg in memory of the Iron Lady. Dave had the body art done yesterday and said: "There's no such thing as an archetypal Thatcher fan."


Dedicated Thatcher admirers wait to pay respects

Margaret Kittle, 79, said she travelled from Canada for the funeral as soon as she heard of Lady Thatcher's death, taking up her position outside St Paul's Cathedral at 8am yesterday.

It was a cold night, the damp goes through you but I always said I would come to the UK for Margaret Thatcher's funeral because I respect her.

I think she did a lot for the world. We will never see the likes of Mrs Thatcher again.

John Loughrey, 58, arrived at St Paul's shortly after Mrs Kittle yesterday morning.

I came in respect of Lady Thatcher. She came to power in a man's world and she won. Everything she fought for, she won.

She was a great politician. We were living in the dark and she brought us back to the light. She put the 'great' back in Great Britain.

She was very strong minded and she knew how to work. We will be talking about her for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

PM: Ceremonial funeral a 'fitting tribute' to Thatcher

Prime Minister David Cameron with Margaret Thatcher in 2010.

Baroness Thatcher's ceremonial funeral is a "fitting tribute" to a major national figure, David Cameron said.

Mr Cameron told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "I think it will be quite a sombre event but it is a fitting tribute to a great prime minister, respected around the world.

"I think other countries in the world would think Britain had got it completely wrong if we didn't mark this in a proper way."

The Prime Minister urged the Iron Lady's political opponents to show "respect" during the event, even though they may have disagreed with her policies.


MPs 'honoured' to attend Thatcher's funeral


Leaving with colleagues from HoC to go to the funeral of Lady Thatcher. Felt quite moving when paying respects last night.


Greatly honoured to be able to attend the funeral of the late Baroness #Thatcher this morning


Meeting colleagues in ten minutes to go to St Paul's. Sad day, but also an opportunity to celebrate a lifetime of achievement and service.

MPs pay tribute to 'inspirational' Thatcher


Travelling to Lady Thatcher's funeral. Reflecting on the incredible change she made to Britain - we won't see her like again for a long time


Getting ready to go to St Paul's to pay my final respects to Baroness Thatcher, the woman who inspired my into politics.


Heading off to St Paul's for funeral of Lady Thatcher,a remarkable & extraordinary Prime Minister who influenced me greatly I'm proud to say

Labour: Military element to funeral is 'unattractive'

Labour peer, Baroness Helena Kennedy told Daybreak that she found the military element to Margaret Thatcher's funeral "unattractive", she said she would have preferred a much smaller affair.

"This kind of public ritual is in some ways replacing other things that have been lost and in some ways I think that is what this is about", she added.

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