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Richmond Conservative Club defends ceremonial funeral for Margaret Thatcher

The Foreign Secretary and Richmond MP, William Hague, was among the two thousand strong congregation to attend Baroness Thatcher's at St Paul's Cathedral.

In his North Yorkshire constituency, members of the local Conservative Club gathered to pay their own respects.

Club President, Oliver Blease, told ITV News that although her leadership had divided the country, it was right Lady Thatcher was given a ceremonial funeral:

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North East soldiers bearing Lady Thatcher's coffin at funeral

Two North East soldiers are among the pallbearers at Lady Thatcher's funeral.

: Corporal Carl Spence, 29, of Hartlepool, County Durham, representing 9 Parachute Squadron, Royal Engineers;

:: Lance Corporal James Steel, 24, of Ripon, North Yorkshire, representing 3rd Battalion, The Parachute Regiment;

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Lance Corporal James Steel, of Ripon (middle) and Corporal Carl Spence, of Hartlepool (second from right) Credit: ITV

The Ministry of Defence selected the pallbearers based on height as well as ceremonial abilities. They are drawn from ships, squadrons and regiments particularly associated with the 1982 conflict in the Falklands.

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The soldiers accompanied the procession to St Paul's Cathedral in London Credit: ITV
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