BBC interviews Grantham councillor about idea for ‘Lady Thatcher Way’

Coun Ray Wootten.
Coun Ray Wootten.
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A Grantham councillor who put forward the idea of calling the new Grantham bypass ‘Lady Thatcher Way’ has told the BBC it would be a fitting tribute to the former Prime Minister.

District and county councillor Ray Wootten told William Wright on BBC Radio Lincolnshire this afternoon that Grantham had nothing of note to celebrate Lady Thatcher and his idea would go some way towards that.

The Journal revealed Coun Wootten’s idea on the front page of today’s paper.

In the radio interview he said there was only a “very tiny plaque” on the shop where she was born in Grantham.

He added: “Over the years I have had visitors from Japan, France and Canada who have all come to Grantham and are astounded we have not got a permanent memorial to her to commemorate the fact she lived in this town,

“We need a tourist trail from Mrs Thatcher’s shop to KGGS where she studied and then down past St Wulfram’s church, the sixth highest spire in the country, down to the Guildhall where hopefully there will be a statue either outside or inside the museum.

“I know it’s very controversial. It is a divided town and there is divided opinion, but somebody has to raise the issue and that is what I am doing. People are talking about it and hopefully the positive side of it will come out because no matter what you think about Baroness Thatcher, she did change this country, she stood up for this country against Russia and the rest of the world.”

Coun Wootten said he will consult with the department responsible for street naming and put an application in.