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Prime Minister David Cameron plants Grantham’s Thatcher Rose

Planting the Thatcher Rose in the Downing Street garden are, from left - Jane Gordon-Cumming (PA to Grantham MP Nick Boles), Lynne Le Conte (SKDC), Coun Linda Neal, David Cameron, Nick Boles, Beverly Agass and Coun Kelham Cooke.

Planting the Thatcher Rose in the Downing Street garden are, from left - Jane Gordon-Cumming (PA to Grantham MP Nick Boles), Lynne Le Conte (SKDC), Coun Linda Neal, David Cameron, Nick Boles, Beverly Agass and Coun Kelham Cooke.

A rose named after Margaret Thatcher was taken from Grantham to the garden of No 10 Downing Street this week, where Prime Minister David Cameron helped to plant it.

Commissioned by South Kesteven District Council in memory of Grantham-born Mrs Thatcher, Britain’s first female PM, the rose was placed next to the Churchill Rose on Monday, almost a year to the day of the first anniversary of her death.

She died at The Ritz hotel in London on April 8, aged 87, after suffering a stroke.

Mr Cameron joined SKDC leader Coun Linda Neal and chief executive Beverly Agass for the planting of the Thatcher Rose.

He said: “I was delighted to help plant the rose kindly donated by South Kesteven council. Mrs Thatcher loved roses – she was the first Prime Minister to introduce roses to the No 10 garden – so it was a fitting tribute to one of Britain’s greatest Prime Ministers.”

Coun Linda Neal added: “I was honoured to be able to represent people from Grantham and throughout South Kesteven for the planting of Grantham’s Thatcher Rose which now sits next to the Churchill Rose.

“We are very proud of the fact that Britain’s only women Prime Minister was born and educated in Grantham and we feel that the garden at No 10 is the perfect setting for the rose.”

 

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