April 9 - In South Yorkshire at the National Union of Miners building, many would be celebrating the passing of Margaret Thatcher, a figure often blamed for the downfall of Britain's mining communities. Sarah Sheffer reports.
A sharply divisive figure in life, news of Margaret Thatcher's death has brought similar displays of love and loathing across the United Kingdom. At the National Union of Miners in South Yorkshire, many were expected to celebrate the passing of a figure often blamed for the downfall of Britain's mining communities. (SOUNDBITE) (English) CHAIRMAN OF THE YORKSHIRE AREA OF THE NATIONAL UNION OF MINERS, CHRIS SKIDMORE, SAYING: "You are not supposed to speak ill of the dead, but from the phone calls I have had this morning, I would imagine there will be quite a lot of people in the mining communities that will not be shedding a tear today, but they will be raising their drink and toasting her passing and saying good riddance." As Britain's only female prime minister, Thatcher is attributed with crushing trade unions, privatising vast swathes of British industry, clashing with allies in the European economic bloc and fighting a distant war for the Falkland Islands. (SOUNDBITE) (English) LOCAL RESIDENT, STEVEN, SAYING: "The destruction of the north, the destruction of working class families and basically the destruction of Liverpool at one time." (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNIDENTIFIED LOCAL RESIDENT, SAYING: "I am glad she is gone." REPORTER ASKS: WHAT IS HER LEGACY? "Here? Nothing, nothing at all. She wanted us to be washed away in to the (River) Mersey." Scenes of celebration unfolded in Glasgow as crowds gathered to chant and cheer, laying out anti-Thatcher posters. The former premier died peacefully on Monday morning at the Ritz Hotel after a stroke.