The Lady is Not ReTurnin’

To witness a most unusual historic event – a funeral with protestors.

Margaret Thatcher died of a stroke at The Ritz Hotel in London on 8 April 2013 at the age of 87. The funeral was codenamed ‘True Blue’ and details of the funeral had been agreed with Mrs T in advance. The estimated cost to the taxpayer was up to £10 million and criticised by public figures including the Bishop of Grantham, Lord Prescott and George Galloway MP. In fact the total public spending on the funeral was £3.6 million, largely the costs of police and security. Anticipating possible protests and demonstrations along the route, police mounted one of the largest security operations since the 2012 Summer Olympics.

A few hundred people turned up to protest, some shouting and many turning their backs to the passing hearse. I found a subtle political humour in the No U Turn signs that were visible on the many traffic lights. The Lady Is Not ReTurnin’ came from one of the protest banners.