‘Grantham should be proud to be associated with Margaret Thatcher’

Christine Cooper, 91, of Premier Court in Grantham.

Christine Cooper, 91, of Premier Court in Grantham.

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A woman who went to the same primary school as Margaret Thatcher has said the nation and the town of Grantham should be proud to be associated with her.

Christine Copper, 91, attended Huntingtower Primary at the same time as the then Margaret Roberts in the 1930s.

She said: “Margaret worked hard for England and the nation. She should be remembered in the proper manner. We should be proud her. I am very very sorry to hear she has gone. It is a great loss to the country.”

Mrs Cooper, who still lives in Grantham, continued: “She was a very serious girl, very well behaved a very pleasant person. She was always on top of her classwork. No-one could predict she would go as far as she did, but she was very serious about having a career, even in primary school. She took things seriously even then.”

A supporter of the campaign to erect a statue to Baroness Thatcher in the town, Mrs Cooper said: “We should have one because however I mention Grantham to, that person will say ‘that’s where Margaret Thatcher is from’ but I feel it needs to be protected because there are people out there who would be quite prepared to vandalise it, which is a pity.”