Culdrose sailor carrying Margaret Thatcher's coffin

Culdrose sailor carrying Margaret Thatcher's coffin

Air engineer technician Thomas Baker (right) as a pallbearer. Photos: MoD

Culdrose sailor Thomas Baker helps carry Baroness Thatcher's coffin into St Paul's Cathedral

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A sailor from RNAS Culdrose will be helping carry Margaret Thatcher’s coffin at her funeral this morning.

For full live coverage of the funeral click here

Air engineer technician Thomas Baker, aged 22, has been selected from thousands of armed forces personnel for the honour.

The 771 search and rescue squadron members will be one of eight pallbearers from the armed forces for the service at Paul’s Cathedral in London, which will take place at 11am.

Major Dave Fielder from the Helston naval base said it was a massive honour, adding: “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.”

A number of squadron members from Culdrose have travelled to London to line the streets.

Inside St Paul’s a total of 2,000 invited guests will pay tribute to Britain's first female Prime Minister, including the Queen.

At the end of the ceremony, the Bishop of London will commend the departed soul of Lady Thatcher into God's protection.

After this the body of Margaret Thatcher will be carried from St Paul's Cathedral to the hearse which will proceed to Mortlake in South London where she will be cremated.

With the Queen and Prince Philip there, along with members of the Government and numerous global leaders, it is thought security will be tight around the cathedral and the funeral route.

It is understood that 4,000 police will be on duty.

See live updates of the funeral here

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11:11am Wed 17 Apr 13

Wave says...

Constructive feedback.
Not interesting.
Constructive feedback. Not interesting. Wave
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12:09pm Wed 17 Apr 13

meerkats says...

Wave wrote:
Constructive feedback.
Not interesting.
For once i agree with you.
[quote][p][bold]Wave[/bold] wrote: Constructive feedback. Not interesting.[/p][/quote]For once i agree with you. meerkats
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1:38pm Wed 17 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Constructive comment.

A great honour for the Serviceman involved,whether some deem it interesting or not.
Constructive comment. A great honour for the Serviceman involved,whether some deem it interesting or not. telstar1962
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2:17pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Wave says...

Whether it's an honour or not, is not relevant or in the general interest.
The fact that it is a 'serviceman' is inconsequential unless there is a political agenda also.
Whether it's an honour or not, is not relevant or in the general interest. The fact that it is a 'serviceman' is inconsequential unless there is a political agenda also. Wave
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2:45pm Wed 17 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

Whether being an honour is relevant or in the general interest, is subjective.

The point being considered & discussed is the funeral of a previous Prime Minister,hence a political agenda ?
Whether being an honour is relevant or in the general interest, is subjective. The point being considered & discussed is the funeral of a previous Prime Minister,hence a political agenda ? telstar1962
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3:59pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Wave says...

This article is not about the funeral news as that already has it's own article separately on the Packet. This is about 1 man who is attending with a role. It's about him.
I think both articles are pointless.
This article is not about the funeral news as that already has it's own article separately on the Packet. This is about 1 man who is attending with a role. It's about him. I think both articles are pointless. Wave
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4:03pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Culdrose is of massive importance not only as a Naval base and within its service commitments but additionally to Helston, it contributes enormously to the local economy. The search and rescue operations supplied by Culdrose are invaluable and anything that involves Culdrose is of local interest. The honour bestowed upon Culdrose to participate in the funeral proceedings is therefore of interest to many.
Culdrose is of massive importance not only as a Naval base and within its service commitments but additionally to Helston, it contributes enormously to the local economy. The search and rescue operations supplied by Culdrose are invaluable and anything that involves Culdrose is of local interest. The honour bestowed upon Culdrose to participate in the funeral proceedings is therefore of interest to many. Gillian Zella Martin 09
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4:34pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Wave says...

The honour is an imaginary thing.
Why dont we have a story about a Culdrose member who went for a walk and saw a ladybird, and they felt honoured to see it on a nice sunny day.
That is how ridiculous it is.
The honour is an imaginary thing. Why dont we have a story about a Culdrose member who went for a walk and saw a ladybird, and they felt honoured to see it on a nice sunny day. That is how ridiculous it is. Wave
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4:39pm Wed 17 Apr 13

meerkats says...

meerkats wrote:
Wave wrote:
Constructive feedback.
Not interesting.
For once i agree with you.
Shouldnt have made this comment earlier, the Funeral as such bore no interest to me, but that is just my view. Of course i realise the important work etc that Culdrose do , which is of interest to many and yes it was a great honour for Mr Baker to have such an important role at the funeral. As Gill said the SAR is invaluable to Culdrose and its a shame they are losing it to Newquay.
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Wave[/bold] wrote: Constructive feedback. Not interesting.[/p][/quote]For once i agree with you.[/p][/quote]Shouldnt have made this comment earlier, the Funeral as such bore no interest to me, but that is just my view. Of course i realise the important work etc that Culdrose do , which is of interest to many and yes it was a great honour for Mr Baker to have such an important role at the funeral. As Gill said the SAR is invaluable to Culdrose and its a shame they are losing it to Newquay. meerkats
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5:13pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Wave says...

I would be insulted if the organisation I represented was asked to have the 'honour'.
I would be insulted if the organisation I represented was asked to have the 'honour'. Wave
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5:15pm Wed 17 Apr 13

telstar1962 says...

And these lyrics too are imaginary


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Amen
And these lyrics too are imaginary Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one Amen telstar1962
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5:31pm Wed 17 Apr 13

meerkats says...

telstar1962 wrote:
And these lyrics too are imaginary


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Amen
love that song .
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: And these lyrics too are imaginary Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one Amen[/p][/quote]love that song . meerkats
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5:35pm Wed 17 Apr 13

Wave says...

'Imagine all the people sharing all the world'

Long term It's not possible to share the planet unless we kill or sterilise billions of people regularly.
Hopefully by then we wont be largely biological.
'Imagine all the people sharing all the world' Long term It's not possible to share the planet unless we kill or sterilise billions of people regularly. Hopefully by then we wont be largely biological. Wave
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7:31pm Wed 17 Apr 13

victoriameldrew says...

telstar1962 wrote:
And these lyrics too are imaginary


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Amen
very profound words, beautiful song - just wish more people throughout the world would take heed of the words, stop the fighting - war is pointless. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all live and let live no matter what colour, creed, religion or belief.
[quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: And these lyrics too are imaginary Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one Amen[/p][/quote]very profound words, beautiful song - just wish more people throughout the world would take heed of the words, stop the fighting - war is pointless. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all live and let live no matter what colour, creed, religion or belief. victoriameldrew
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9:50pm Wed 17 Apr 13

meerkats says...

victoriameldrew wrote:
telstar1962 wrote:
And these lyrics too are imaginary


Imagine there's no heaven
It's easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people living for today

Imagine there's no countries
It isn't hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people living life in peace

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people sharing all the world

You, you may say
I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one
I hope some day you'll join us
And the world will live as one

Amen
very profound words, beautiful song - just wish more people throughout the world would take heed of the words, stop the fighting - war is pointless. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all live and let live no matter what colour, creed, religion or belief.
I agree it would be nice but sadly will never happen.
[quote][p][bold]victoriameldrew[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]telstar1962[/bold] wrote: And these lyrics too are imaginary Imagine there's no heaven It's easy if you try No hell below us Above us only sky Imagine all the people living for today Imagine there's no countries It isn't hard to do Nothing to kill or die for And no religion too Imagine all the people living life in peace You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will be as one Imagine no possessions I wonder if you can No need for greed or hunger A brotherhood of man Imagine all the people sharing all the world You, you may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one I hope some day you'll join us And the world will live as one Amen[/p][/quote]very profound words, beautiful song - just wish more people throughout the world would take heed of the words, stop the fighting - war is pointless. Wouldn't it be nice if we could all live and let live no matter what colour, creed, religion or belief.[/p][/quote]I agree it would be nice but sadly will never happen. meerkats
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9:49am Thu 18 Apr 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Wow, the Comments page has gone all hippy, which makes a nice change.

I agree that the emphasis on local connections in local media is excessive and often a bit silly.
For instance, the headline of the local paper in Dartford Kent last week when Mrs T died was "Former Dartford candidate dies". She once stood for election there in the 70s! Never mind that the small matter of her later serving 3 terms as PM!

Also, I would love to see Wave's imaginary ladybird story in the Packet (it made me laugh) and agree that it has equal newsworthiness!
Wow, the Comments page has gone all hippy, which makes a nice change. I agree that the emphasis on local connections in local media is excessive and often a bit silly. For instance, the headline of the local paper in Dartford Kent last week when Mrs T died was "Former Dartford candidate dies". She once stood for election there in the 70s! Never mind that the small matter of her later serving 3 terms as PM! Also, I would love to see Wave's imaginary ladybird story in the Packet (it made me laugh) and agree that it has equal newsworthiness! Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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10:47am Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Lord Barry have you been reading the News Shopper website ?
Lord Barry have you been reading the News Shopper website ? Gillian Zella Martin 09
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12:11pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

No Gill, I heard that on 'Sorry I haven't a clue', Radio Bore
No Gill, I heard that on 'Sorry I haven't a clue', Radio Bore Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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4:17pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Gill, I just had a look at News Shopper - Phew, it contains more than its fair share of bad news, couldn't handle it, glad I don't live in that insalubrious locality!
Gill, I just had a look at News Shopper - Phew, it contains more than its fair share of bad news, couldn't handle it, glad I don't live in that insalubrious locality! Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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4:18pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe says...

Re the headline; well he should suck on a throat lozenge then!
Re the headline; well he should suck on a throat lozenge then! Lord Barrington Forbes-Smythe
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4:20pm Thu 18 Apr 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Lord Barry, I have lived there lol
Lord Barry, I have lived there lol Gillian Zella Martin 09
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