Pre-PM Margaret Thatcher visited the Journal

Local dignitaries visit the Journal offices.
Local dignitaries visit the Journal offices.
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FUTURE Prime Ministers and then Leader of the Opposition, Margaret Thatcher returned to her hometown in March 1977, stopping off at the Journal office and visiting her old school.

The Journal photograph shows Baroness Thatcher being shown around the Journal office two years before being elected Prime Minister.

Future Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited the Journal office in March, 1977.

Future Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited the Journal office in March, 1977.

Stuart Leech sent the photograph in and is pictured over Mrs Thatcher’s right shoulder.

Mr Leech said: “I have always been interested in Margaret Thatcher as my local shop and post office growing up belonged to her family.

“I remember walking to Central School as a boy and often seeing Margaret Thatcher coming out of the shop - often carrying a whacking great satchel.”

Mrs Thatcher is flanked on her left by husband Dennis Thatcher, while the man sat at the keyboard is Geoff Massingham.

The second photograph shows local dignitaries looking at an old Linotype machine, while bespectacled Fred Tilley looked on.

Mr Leech started at the Journal in around 1941, when big changes were occurring.

He recalls: “When I started at the Journal it was around the first week they started putting news on the front page - there always used to be advertisements only on the front before then.”