Former Armthorpe miner opposes state-funded funeral for Thatcher

Louise Harrison, of Town Centre, John Sheppard, 61, ex-miner and wife Joyce, of Armthorpe, protest against the possiblity of public funding being spent on Margaret Thatcher's funeral. Picture: Marie Caley D4573MC
Louise Harrison, of Town Centre, John Sheppard, 61, ex-miner and wife Joyce, of Armthorpe, protest against the possiblity of public funding being spent on Margaret Thatcher's funeral. Picture: Marie Caley D4573MC

Hours after it was announced that former Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher will recieve a ceremonial funeral on April 17 people in Doncaster took to the streets to show their opposition to a state-funded funeral.

Armed with several petitions and a sign which read ‘Ding Dong Thatcher’s dead!’ Louise Harrison, 43, Joyce Sheppard, 63, and former miner John Sheppard, 61, set up a stall on Clock Corner, outside the Frenchgate centre, arguing that tax-payers should not be made to foot the bill for Mrs Thatcher’s funeral.

Mr Sheppard, from Armthorpe, said: “She decimated all of Doncaster’s industry and destroyed the community spirit we used to have here when the pits were still open. Why should we pay for her to have a funeral, when there’s still so many in poverty because of what she left us with?”

Mrs Thatcher died yesterday of a stroke, and for more coverage on Doncaster’s reaction to the news buy the Free Press on April 18.
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Sarah Marshall