Thatcher’s former stylist pays tribute

Sharon McDonnell with letters and signed pictures of Margaret Thatcher and (below) Thatcher at the Winter Gardens during the Conservative Party Conference in 1979.

Sharon McDonnell with letters and signed pictures of Margaret Thatcher and (below) Thatcher at the Winter Gardens during the Conservative Party Conference in 1979.

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Margaret Thatcher’s former Blackpool hairdresser has paid tribute to the former Prime Minister who died yesterday after a stroke.

Sharon McDonnell, from Lower Green, Poulton, styled Mrs Thatcher’s hair on a number of occasions during her premiership when she visited the resort for the Tory Party conference.

Margaret Thatcher at the Winter Gardens during the Conservative Party Conference in 1979.

Margaret Thatcher at the Winter Gardens during the Conservative Party Conference in 1979.

Sharon, 62, worked at Jardines, on Milbourne Street, central Blackpool, during the 1980s and first met Mrs Thatcher during the 1983 Tory conference, which took place at the Imperial Hotel, on North Promenade.

She said: “She was so pleased with her hair that every time she came to Blackpool she contacted me.

“She was really nice and always very considerate.”

On one occasion Mrs Thatcher was told of an anti-communist uprising in Poland while Sharon was plying her trade.

Sharon now runs Enigma hairdressers, on Westcliff Drive, Layton.

She added: “I had good memories of her.

“She was just ordinary, she was well spoken but always respectful.”

Political figures have added their tributes to Mrs Thatcher, who was 87 when she died.

Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said: “It’s obviously very sad.

“I met her three times and she was just inspirational.”

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP, Paul Maynard, said: “It’s very sad news and we’ve lost someone who made an immense contribution to this country.”

Fylde MP Mark Menzies said: “Margaret Thatcher was truly remarkable, not only for the fact that she managed to get to the position she did as a woman, but the way in which she changed the country for the better.”

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