For this video showcase a video of a gorgeous Dame Shirley Bassey arriving at the party for Margaret Thatcher’s 80th. birthday which was in October 2005. Plus below a newspaper article from the same year. (Special thanks to Susan)
Thatcher marks 80th with a speech
Former Tory Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher has celebrated her 80th birthday with the Queen and 650 guests at a dinner in a London hotel.
Lady Thatcher looked frail as she arrived 15 minutes late – aides said she had been delayed by talking on the phone to US President George Bush.
But she re-emerged later to welcome the Queen and later defied doctors’ orders by speaking at the event.
The dinner was attended by Lady Thatcher’s twin children Carol and Sir Mark.
It saw a toast proposed by Lord Carrington, who resigned as her foreign secretary over Argentina’s invasion of the Falklands.
Lady Thatcher replied – despite being advised months ago by doctors that she should not make public speeches in the wake of some minor strokes.
Ex-Cabinet minister Lord Parkinson said: “She to everybody’s surprise made a speech and was also very witty and entertaining and we were just pleased to see her in such good shape.”
Another ex-minister, John Redwood, said: “She spoke extremely well and she spoke generously about all the people who had helped her doing what she did in the 1980s.”
The Queen rarely attends personal celebrations of serving or former prime ministers. But she rubbed shoulders with current Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair and show business stars at the dinner in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Hyde Park.
Among the stars of stage and screen invited were composer Andrew Lloyd-Webber, singer Shirley Bassey, comedian Jim Davidson and actress Joan Collins.
Saying she had always adored Lady Thatcher, Ms Collins said: “She is the Iron Lady and I want to be just like that when I grow up.”
Baroness Thatcher served as prime minister between 1979 and 1990.