Maybe a week has passed since the residents of Grantham were surprised by the appearance of long awaited statue of Margaret Thatcher, but the dust shows no sign of subsidence just yet.
After a severe four-year process, the £300,000 statue was quietly installed on his 10 foot plinth last Sunday morning when it’s not enough people been around and been spurred on inside hours.
The statue still causes stormy responses from passers-by. with some stop to take a selfie and others stop to snap a finger up on it, although her bronze likeness was without eggs.
“This is divisive, I have read so many comments on this. on social media”, – said 25-year- old Molly Topham, coming past a statue on her way to work. “I don’t think she deserved to be thrown eggs, but everyone should express their feelings.
“I can understand why she is here, she was first female prime minister and she’s from Grantham. But could money Gone on something better? It’s a lot of money when we are desperate for other things like shops”.
One local man who asked remain anonymously, said he strongly objected to the statue and expected it to be subjected to more vandalism.
“I do not like she and I don’t like a statue up. It should not be placed on pedestal, he said. “I don’t expect it to be up there for so long. I think someone will come and do what they want make with This is. She has such strong feelings, she’s such an ambiguous character.”
But there were many of people in city who were glad that the statue finally in place and were angry that it was full of eggs.
“I have two teenagers and I am glad that the statue is there. for to see them. this is part of Grantham historyKatrina Glover said. who visited the statue with her friend Joy Brown, former Activist Thatcher. “I think it looks very nice up where it is should be, and I hope that’s where it stays.”
“I think it’s right that Grantham should celebrate it,” said Les Large, 72, from nearby Stamford. “She is first the female leader we’ve ever had and the only one one already. I do not think so should be vandalized.”
There were no more messages of eggs since first the day Jeremy Webster, deputy director of university of The Attenborough Arts Center in Leicester has been identified as the egg thrower.
What were they talking about for for years, many assumed that the statue would never see light of day. “Just a month ago I thought something serious had happened. chance they were going to bottle it because of the reaction they no doubt expected to get,” said Lee Steptoe, leader of Work group on District Council of South Kevestan. “The Thatcher legacy still completely divides the city, especially among people in they are 50 years of age or older.
The path of the statue to the pedestal in a heart of Grantham started back in 2018 when Westminster Council rejected the offer place a statue in the center of London, fearing that this attract vandalism and protests.
It was quickly approved by the planning committee. in her hometown of Lincolnshire, but controversy and setbacks followed. There was outrage when in In 2020, the local council decided to allocate £100,000 for the opening ceremony. for a statue, leading them to abandon the idea.
Stepto said he didn’t have issue in memory of Thatcher, but believes that the statue serves as a “shrine” to the late leader. “No attempt in this Tory city where I lived all of my life to actually present an equal balance,” he said.
The statue is sitting in St. Peter’s Hill Park, several yards away from the statue of Grantham’s fellow alumnus Sir Isaac Newton, but there were calls for move her in Grantham Museum.
Museum, just a rock throw from the statue, there is an exhibition dedicated to Thatcher, which attracts tourists from all over in world.
“The main attraction is Margaret,” said Nick Jones, trustee of museum. “Identifier like say it’s an exhibition of Isaac Newton, but he doesn’t bring them in. Just now in in past we had a week people from Italy, Hong Kong, Singapore. It’s pretty amazing people in Grantham, they struggle understand it.”
Steptoe said Thatcher’s legacy will always evoke strong emotions in city, but dwelling on in past distracted from currentdaily questions.
“His up Now. It’s not going anywhere. Revision and raking up in division of The 1980s won’t do anything for local people,” he said.