Cheers for Thatcher During Last Weekend at Chequers With AM-Britain-Politics
ELLESBOROUGH, England (AP) _ Well-wishers cheered Margaret Thatcher as she left church Sunday during her last weekend at Chequers, the prime minister’s official country house.
″I think there are a few wet eyes here today,″ said Margaret Daynes, a lifelong resident of the village.
Mrs. Thatcher announced last week she would resign after a rebellion in the ranks of her Conservative Party.
About two dozen well-wishers, and twice as many reporters and cameramen, were waiting for Mrs. Thatcher outside the 15th-century hilltop church of Sts. Peter and Paul.
One of the hymns selected for the Sunday service was, ″Through all the Changing Scenes of Life.″
Wendy Smith and her 5-year-old daughter, Sarah Jane, presented Mrs. Thatcher with a basket of white carnations and blue irises.
″I was so saddened, really really saddened, to see Mrs. Thatcher go after everything ... I just could not see her go without some sort of gesture,″ said Ms. Smith, who had driven two hours from her home on the south coast to be there.
Mrs. Thatcher smiled at her greeters but refused to answer questions from reporters, who asked whom she was supporting in the race to succeed her.
Chequers Court, a 13th-century manor house rebuilt in the 15th century, was given to the nation as a gesture of thanks after the end of World War I. The house is surrounded by hundreds of acres of parkland in the Buckinghamshire countryside about 25 miles northwest of London.