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Cornwall Remembers Margaret Thatcher

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9:29am 17th April 2013

A Culdrose sailor will help carry Margaret Thatcher's coffin at her funeral.

Able Seaman Thomas Baker from 771 Squadron has been selected for the bearer party for the service at St Paul's Cathedral on Wednesday.

2000 guests will pay tribute to Britain's first female Prime Minister, including the Queen.

The Baroness will be given full military honours in a ceremony costing millions of pounds.

4000 police are on duty.

Dave Fielder from the Helston base has told Pirate FM it is a massive honour: "Culdrose is at the heart of Cornwall and for a Fleet Arm representative to be selected from here is very rewarding and emphasises the importance the Royal Navy continues to place on Culdrose and Cornwall's maritime heritage.

"Culdrose has a proud naval history stretching back to World War Two. Personnel from here have been involved in many ceremonial events in that time."

The 'Iron Lady' regularly came on holiday to Constantine Bay.

Local hairdresser Christine Cowling who styled her iconic do is among thousands who have travelled to London to pay their last respects: "Well when she came into the salon first of all, you kind of did think, well what are we going to say to her? But she came in and made you feel at ease and immediately, you kind of felt very natural with her. She gave that warm feeling and it's lovely."

9:29am 17th April 2013

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