District Council flag at half-mast marking death of Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher

The flag outside the offices of South Kesteven District Council is flying at half-mast today following the death of Grantham-born Margaret Thatcher.

Meanwhile, SKDC’s chief executive Beverly Agass has confirmed that a book of condolence to commemmorate the Grantham-born and educated Baroness Thatcher is available to sign during office hours in the civic area of the council offices, in St Peter’s Hill.

Flag at half-mast at the SKDC Offices, in honour of Margaret Thatcher. 108D

Flag at half-mast at the SKDC Offices, in honour of Margaret Thatcher. 108D

The council also plans to get local schools involved in remembering her by creating a time capsule.

Leader of SKDC Coun Linda Neal explained: “Baroness Thatcher is Grantham’s most famous daughter and the Council hopes to mark her association with the town by working with local schools and community groups to capture aspects of her life in a time capsule.

“We are also examining other ways to celebrate Baroness Thatcher’s life which will be considered further after consultation with the family.”

SKDC issued a statement just minutes ago.

In full, it reads: “Grantham is today mourning the loss of its most famous daughter, Baroness Margaret Hilda Thatcher who died this morning (Monday).

“Born on October 13, 1925, Margaret and her older sister Muriel were raised in the flat above their father’s grocery shop on North Parade, Grantham. Her father was active in local politics and religion, serving as an Alderman and Methodist lay preacher.

“After attending Huntingtower Road Primary School, she won a scholarship to Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School and then went on to study chemistry at Somerville College, Oxford, before qualifying as a barrister.

“In the 1959 General Election she became MP for Finchley, and was leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was elected as the UK’s first woman Prime Minister in 1979, an office she held until 1990 when she resigned as both Prime Minster and party leader.

“Baroness Thatcher held a life peerage as Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven in the County of Lincolnshire, which entitled her to a seat in the House of Lords.

“SKDC’s chief executive, Beverly Agass, confirmed that the council has opened a Book of Condolence to commemorate Margaret Thatcher’s life. It can be signed during office hours in the Civic Area at the Council offices in Grantham from 9am tomorrow (Tuesday).

“The flag at SKDC’s offices in St Peter’s Hill is flying at half mast.

“She leaves her daughter Carol, and son Mark. Her husband Dennis died in 2003.”

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