1. ITV Report

Margaret Thatcher statue plans unveiled

Plans to site a bronze statue of the country’s first female Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, in Grantham will be unveiled at a special event at the town’s museum today.

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The special event at Grantham Museum this morning came as a planning application for the statue was also submitted to South Kesteven District Council.

A display outlining details of the proposal by Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), which runs the museum, South Kesteven District Council and The Public Memorials Appeal will be on show.

The proposal is for the 10.5ft statue, standing on a 10.5ft plinth, to be erected on the green space on St Peter’s Hill. The planning application will be considered by SKDC’s Development Management Committee.

The organisations say the statue will provide a welcome boost to the town’s economy from visitors on both sides of the debate who come to find out more about her legacy.

The sculptor, Douglas Jennings, who is critically acclaimed for producing bronzes, portraits and sculptures, was present.

The statue has been paid for by The Public Memorials Trust, a charity that aims to commission and erect memorials of historically important people. Money raised by the GCHA Margaret Thatcher Appeal will help deliver the statue. No public funds have been used.

David Burling, GCHA Trustee, said:

The debate about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy looks set to continue for generations to come. We want the Grantham Museum to be where that debate happens.

“We believe full planning permission for the statue will not only secure the future of the museum for the next 10 years but allow us to develop and improve our permanent Margaret Thatcher exhibition which is viewed by thousands of visitors each year.

“We will continue to raise money for the statue project and every penny donated will help to tell the story of Margaret Thatcher in the Grantham Museum.”

– GCHA Trustee, David Burling

The Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Councillor Matthew Lee, said:

Margaret Thatcher was undoubtedly an enormous political figure, both nationally and internationally, and deserves to be recognised in her home town.

“I welcome the work being done to create a permanent memorial to Grantham’s most famous daughter.”

– Councillor Matthew Lee

The Sculptor, Douglas Jennings, said:

It was a great privilege to work with Ivan Saxton of The Public Memorials Appeal to create and capture the essence of Margaret Thatcher, one of the UKs most recognised political leaders.

“Dressed in the Baronial Gown of Kesteven and wearing the chain of the Order of the Garter, I think it is appropriate that she has a memorial in the heart of the historic region of Kesteven.

– Sculptor, Douglas Jennings