Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

My Date with the Iron Lady

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

My Date with the Iron Lady

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Byline: Kathy Sundstrom

NOOSA photographer Stephen Hayes didnat quite know what to expect when sent to film Britainas Iron Lady on an assignment for the BBC in 1990.

His Irish heritage predisposed him to a arepublican point of viewa.

aIn many ways, her reputation preceded her,a Mr Hayes said.

But as Britain prepares to bury Margaret Thatcher tomorrow, Mr Hayes canat help admire the woman awho in life, as perhaps in death, has managed to split a nationa.

Mr Hayes fondly reminisced being called to film Baroness Thatcher in April, 1990, for the Eastern Union Head of State Summit.

aAs Charles Haughey, the Irish Prime Minister of the day, welcomed the motorcades delivering Europeas Heads of State to the grandeur of Dublin Castle, Margaret Thatcher stole the show as she descended from a grey Dublin sky in a British Army Wessex helicopter,a he recalled.

aHer dramatic entrance was to set the scene for Prime Minister Thatcheras dominant air throughout the summit itself.a

As a young cinematographer, Mr Hayes was keen to record awhat everyone present sensed would be a historical momenta. …

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