A former Calderdale woman had a key role in the funeral of Baroness Thatcher at St Paul’s Catherdral.
Rev Ruth Gee was invited as president designate of the Methodist Conference and led a prayer during the service.
She served at Christ Church, Hipperholme (formerly Hipperholme Methodist Church) from 2000 to 2008.
Rev Gee told the Courier: “Baroness Thatcher had roots in Methodism and it was appropriate the Methodist Church should be represented. The service was a solemn occasion as we marked the end of a human life and commended Margaret Thatcher into God’s care. There are different views of the policies and political inheritance of the Thatcher government. These issues will no doubt continue to be debated. On Wednesday, we took time to recognise our common humanity and mortality and to pray with those who had lost a mother and grandmother.”
After much controversy it was decided the Halifax Town Hall flag would be lowered as a mark of respect to Baroness Thatcher.