Several hundred people gathered in south London on Monday evening to celebrate Margaret Thatcher's death with cans of beer, pints of milk and an impromptu street disco playing the soundtrack to her years in power. Young and old descended on Brixton, a suburb which weathered two outbreaks of rioting during the Thatcher years. Many expressed jubilation that the leader they loved to hate was no more; others spoke of frustration that her legacy lived on. To cheers of "Maggie Maggie Maggie, dead dead dead," posters of Thatcher were held aloft as reggae basslines pounded. Clive Barger, a year-old adult education tutor, said he had turned out to mark the passing of "one of the vilest abominations of social and economic history". He said: "It is a moment to remember. She embodied everything that was so elitist in terms of repressing people who had nothing.
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By Daily Mail Reporter. Happy: A woman drinks from a bottle and holds a front page of a newspaper displaying an image of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher as she and others celebrate her death in Brixton, south London. Happy: In south London attendees were carrying banners, with one saying: 'Rejoice, Thatcher is dead'. Sickening messages also began flooding the internet minutes after the official announcement. Macabre celebrations: Champagne was flowing tonight as the Left took to the streets to celebrate the death of former Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
On 17 April, she was honoured with a ceremonial funeral. Due to polarised opinion about her achievements and legacy, reaction to her death was mixed throughout Britain and evoked contrasting praise and criticism. The funeral was notable for the attendance of the reigning monarch, Elizabeth II ; each of her four successors as prime minister also paid homage. Thatcher's body was subsequently cremated at Mortlake Crematorium. Thatcher's ashes were buried at the Royal Hospital Chelsea , London, in a private ceremony on 28 September , alongside those of her husband Denis. Thatcher suffered several small strokes in and was advised by her doctors not to engage in any more public speaking.
There were almost as many police and security personnel visibly present, and a police officer at the scene told Reuters they had expected a far bigger turnout. Some protesters burned flares and threw beer cans at police lines but apart from a few brief and minor scuffles, the protest was largely peaceful with nine arrests mainly for drunk and disorderly behavior. Since her death, many of the divisions which characterized her time in office from to have resurfaced as was demonstrated in a ComRes poll for two Sunday newspapers.