Thatcher funeral party takes place in Danderhall

Danderhall Miners Club, party to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death. Wreath laying at the miners memorial ''Anne Diamond, Isa Jones, Helenor Forbes & Avril Glenn, toast the death of Margaret Thatcher.
Danderhall Miners Club, party to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death. Wreath laying at the miners memorial ''Anne Diamond, Isa Jones, Helenor Forbes & Avril Glenn, toast the death of Margaret Thatcher.

As divisive in death as she was in life, former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher sparked discord from beyond the grave as a section of the Midlothian public gathered to celebrate her passing.

In London, the funeral of the former PM saw more than 2,000 mourners cram into St Paul’s Cathedral to pay their respects. Covered live by the BBC, a procession through central London attracted thousands more.

Yet in Scotland, particularly Midlothian, where mining communities suffered as a result of the Iron Lady’s tenacious assault on the unions during the 1980s, it was an altogether different picture.

A party was thrown by retired miners and their friends in Danderhall. The bash was preceded by a wreath laying ceremony in honour of miners who died in accidents between 1963-1993.

Read full story in the April 25 edition of the Midlothian Advertiser.