We think it's what she would have wanted. A fleet of plumbers' vans emblazoned with her face:

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Yes, Pimlico Plumbers did Margaret Thatcher proud on the day of her funeral. They flew the Union Jack at half-mast and decorated their fleet with pictures of her beautifully coiffured head - and black bows.

"I have been accused of going over the top but the way I see it Mrs Thatcher is a once in a lifetime politician, and the lady who quite simply saved us from ourselves in the troubled 1980s," writes founder Charlie Mullins on the Pimlico Plumbers website. "That's why at Pimlico we will have televisions on in the entire building, including the call centre, and I'm told there are even a few engineers who have requested an hour or so off tomorrow to watch the procession." Blimey.

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But if you have a plumbing emergency in Pimlico during the hours of the funeral, fear not! "People need not worry if they have a plumbing (or other) emergency," writes Charlie. "We'll be taking calls and sending out plumbers and other trades as usual. The Iron Lady wouldn't have had it any other way!"

Where Thatcher Meets Comedy:

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  • Thatcher the milk-snatcher

    Conservative leader Margaret Thatcher holds her namesake, Maggie a Charolais calf, during her electioneering tour of East Anglia.

  • Thatcher vs England (football team)

    Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher sharing a joke with England footballers, left to right, Kevin Keegan, Terry McDermott, Phil Thompson and Emlyn Hughes and other members of the international squad outside 10 Downing Street when they were leaving after attending a reception given by Mrs Thatcher in 1980.

  • Thatcher, the protected

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wears protective clothing as she tours the premises of Vacuum Interrupters Ltd in 1981.

  • Thatcher does DIY

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tries her hand at wallpaper trimming when she visited the building class at Walderslade Secondary School for boys at Chatham, Kent, during her 1987 election campaign tour of Medway towns.

  • Thatcher visits Coronation Street

    Margaret Thatcher toasts Julie Goodyear and the cast of Coronation Street when she visited the Rovers Return at Granada Television Studios in Manchester.

  • Thatcher the diddy woman

    The Prime Minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher, with her very own 'tickling stick' talking with laughter maker Ken Dodd at the London Palladium when she attended the evening performance of the comedian's "Laughter Show".

  • Thatcher the cameraman

    1987. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in a light-hearted mood on election day morning taking a position behind the lens for a change. Mrs Thatcher was on a vote-catching trip around her Finchley constituency.

  • Thatcher strapped up

    1979: Margaret Thatcher in an inter-ship jackstay for her high-speed shortcut across the Pool feature of the 25th London International Boat Show which she opened at Earls Court in London.

  • Thatcher works with children and animals

    Schoolchildren Patrick and Elizabeth Hanlon introduce their pet dog Jason to Margaret Thatcher on Westminster Bridge, in London, after the Conservative Leader had presented a Certificate of Merit awarded by the RSPCA to Matthew Parris (background left) a member of her Private Office staff.

  • Thatcher the icon

    Margaret Thatcher holds up a "I love Maggie" t-shirt at the Conservative Party Conference exhibition in Blackpool.

  • Thatcher the street-cleaner

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, right, in the driving seat with Lady Porter, leader of Westminster City Council, outside 10 Downing Street, London, in a high-pressure water street cleaning machine, part of the Westminster Initiative against litter.

  • Thatcher meets Timmy Mallett

    TVAM's Timmy Mallett and Margaret Thatcher.

  • Thatcher the European

    Margaret Thatcher, sporting a sweater bearing the flags of European nations, in Parliament Square during her 'Yes to Europe' campaign.

  • Thatcher the twitcher

    File photo dated 29/05/1987 of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, waist-deep in blackcurrent bushes, bringing the agricultural scene into focus during a visit to Appleford Farm, Rivenhall, near Witham, East Anglia.

  • Thatcher, friend of the workers

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher looks over the shoulder of a sewing machinist when she visited the Aquascutum factory in Hemel Hemstead, Herts. Mrs Thatcher, an Aquascutum customer, is the first British Prime Minister to visit one of the firm's factories.

  • Thatcher the prepared

    Former Prime Minister Baroness Thatcher sits in the House of Lords, before the Queen's Speech for the State Opening of Parliament.

  • Thatcher the builder

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher tries her hand at bricklaying when she visited the building class at Walderslade Secondary School for boys at Chatham, Kent, during her election campaign tour of Medway towns.

  • Thatcher and Paddington

    Conservative leader Mrs Margaret Thatcher, who is 53 today, holding a birthday cake in the shape of a key with the words written on it 'No.10 Many Happy Returns, Margaret' and a giant Paddington Bear dressed in blue and wearing a Tory rosette which were presented to her at Brighton when she made her speech on the closing day of the 1978 Conservative conference.

  • Thatcher, the artist

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher paints in the left eye of a large red, gold, black and white wooden doll, part of a traditional Japanese ceremony, during the official opening of Nissan's new car plant in Washington, Tyne and Wear.

  • Thatcher has a laugh. Sort of.

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (r) during a tour of the set of Granada TV soap Coronation Street, where she met stars Alf Roberts (Bryan Mosley), screen wife Audrey (Sue Nicholls, centre) and Sally Webster (Sally Whittaker).

  • Thatcher, car-driver

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of a Bluebird car at Nissan's new car plant which she officially opened in Washington in Tyne and Wear.

  • Thatcher, man of the match

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher takes to a tennis court shoeless and a delivers a forehand when she opened David Lloyd's 4.5 million tennis and fitness centre, which has 12 courts, in London.

  • Thatcher does some DIY

    Opposition leader Margaret Thatcher decorates her new flat in the grounds of the National Trust's Scotney Castle in Kent.

  • Thatcher drives a tractor

    Then-opposition leader Margaret Thatcher at the wheel of a tractor during a visit to her sister's farm, Foulton Hall, Ramsey, near Harwich.

  • Margaret Thatcher and more cows

    Opposition leader Margaret Thatcher, shepherds crook in hand, feeds a cow during a visit to her sister's farm, Foulton Hall, Ramsey, near Harwich.

  • Thatcher gets a rabbit

    1979: Margaret Thatcher is presented with "Floppy", a knitted woollen rabbit in the Conservative colours, and a kiss by two year old Timothy Simmonds outside her Flood Street, Chelsea home in London

  • Margaret Thatcher packs Easter Eggs

    Mrs Margaret Thatcher dressed for industry today as she tries her hand at packing Easter eggs at Cadbury's Bournville factory. The Tory leader visited the factory as part of her Midlands electioneering tour.

  • Thatcher is sung to

    Conservative Leader Margaret Thatcher flanked by showbusiness stars voicing their support for her with a special song "Hello Maggie" on the platform at the Wembley Conference Centre. From left Nigel Davenport, (his wife extreme left), Molly Weir, Liz Fraser, Pete Murray, Vince Hill and Lulu.

  • Thatcher's celebrity supporters

    Comedian and DJ Kenny Everett (centre) gives Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher a big hand of support, at the Tory Youth Rally at the Wembley Conference Centre. (L-R) Bob Monkhouse, Monty Modlyn, Everett, Mrs Thatcher, Ted Rogers and Jimmy Tarbuck.

  • Thatcher hangs out

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, in the front seat of the Vanden Plas model of the new Austin Maestro.

  • Thatcher is heavy-tech

    Margaret Thatcher in the driving seat of a Heavy-tech cab made by Motor Panels of Coventry, when she opened the industrial design exhibition "Drive forward -- Towards the Year 2000"

  • Thatcher drives a crane

    Premier Margaret Thatcher at the controls of a giant mobile crane, when she inaugurated what was said to be the City of London's biggest construction project since rebuilding after the Great Fire in 1666.

  • Thatcher meets Geldof

    Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher talks to Bob Geldof during the Daily Star Golden Awards. The singer was one of the award winners for forming the group 'Band Aid' and raising millions of pounds for Ethiopia's famine victim

  • Thatcher with the Red Army Dancers

    Margaret Thatcher enjoying a chat with dancers from the Red Army Ensemble -- Moscow Military District, at the Royal Albert Hall.