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Thatcher statue plans at "exciting stage"

The Chairman of Grantham Museum is encouraging people to have their say on plans for a statue of controversial former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Artists Impressions go on display at the museum and online (click here) today.

The Margaret Thatcher Statue Project has been aiming to raise £200,000 to pay for it since March this year, a month before the Grantham-born politician died.

“It’s a hugely exciting stage in the project and one that we couldn’t have achieved without support from the local community and further a?eld. The opportunity for Grantham to embrace it’s rich heritage and exploit it for the good of the town is something that should be welcomed.”

– Helen Goral, Chairman of Grantham Museum

Grantham Museum boss backs call for " Thatcher Day"

MPs are discussing a proposal to name a bank holiday after the late Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

A private members bill, put forward by Wellingborough MP Peter Bone is getting its second reading today.

If passed, it would see the August Bank Holiday Monday being renamed as Margaret Thatcher Day, in tribute to the Iron Lady who grew up as a grocer's daughter in Grantham. Calendar has spoken to Helen Goral at Grantham Museum.

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Museum plans Thatcher statue

Grantham Museum Credit: Kate Hemingway

Grantham Museum has announced plans to create a statue of Margaret Thatcher to be displayed inside its premises.

The museum wants to raise £200,000 in total - for a statue and to refurbish and improve exhibits inside the museum.

Grantham museum press conference Credit: Kate Hemingway

The museum says it now plans to approach the Thatcher family for approval.

Plans for the interior of the Grantham Museum Credit: Kate Hemingway

Thatcher statue row

There's turmoil at a museum in Lincolnshire tonight after its manager wrongly claimed it had been offered a statue of Baroness Thatcher when it hadn't.

Yesterday Grantham Museum issued a statement saying it had suspended its General Manager who made the claims in a radio interview. But today it's refused to confirm that the manager was suspended, instead saying it no longer has a need for that position. Kate Hemingway has the latest.