South Kesteven District Council leader to attend Baroness Thatcher’s funeral

A council leader will pay her respects at the funeral of Britain’s first woman Prime Minister.

South Kesteven District Council leader Coun Linda Neal (Con) has been invited to the funeral of Baroness Thatcher, which takes place in St Paul’s Cathedral, London, on Wednesday.

Coun Neal will attend the service as a representative of Baroness Thatcher’s hometown Grantham.

She said: “I am honoured to be able to represent people from Grantham and throughout South Kesteven as the nation says farewell to the woman who was born and educated in our town before going on to become the country’s first and only female Prime Minister.”

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the service and included on the guest list are the Queen, politicians from around the world and celebrities including Jeremy Clarkson and Shirley Bassey.

The district council will also mark the day by unveiling a personalised rose in Grantham on Wednesday, named Grantham’s Thatcher Rose.

And the funeral service will be shown live on a big screen at Grantham Museum.