Tributes and tirades as town remembers Baroness Thatcher

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (later Baroness Thatcher) eating a doughnut at Houston's the bakers during a visit to the Borders town of Hawick in September 1986.
Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher (later Baroness Thatcher) eating a doughnut at Houston's the bakers during a visit to the Borders town of Hawick in September 1986.

MANY Teries will have cast their minds back to the day former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher was struck with egg outside Hawick Town Hall, following the news of her death this week.

The incident hit the headlines back in September 1986 when Britain’s first female premier left a special lunch with husband Dennis, but this week townsfolk have spoken of their own memories of Baroness Thatcher, who died on Monday, aged 87.

Falklands war veteran and Royal Marine sergeant Gordon Kendal, who was shot twice during the conflict, told the Hawick News: “I met Margaret Thatcher on May 22, 1982, when around 200 of us came back injured on the QE2, and she was at Southampton to meet us. I shook her hand. She was very well-mannered and well-educated.”

The 67-year old added: “I liked the woman. Although we lost a lot of guys, she did a lot for this country.”

Local Conservative Councillor Zandra Elliot stated: “Yes, she made mistakes, all politicians do at some time or another, but her mistakes do not make her many accomplishments less admirable. And on the international stage, she was a political colossus.”

Fellow Tory councillor George Turnbull, recalled: “I met Baroness Thatcher several times, the first in 1977 when I was the first Tory to be elected onto Roxburgh District Council and I spoke at the Scottish party conference when she was on the stage. I also met her in Hawick when she opened the Houston’s bakehouse in Bourtree Terrace.”

On the Hawick News website page, Paul Murdie stated: “Spare me the flowery sentiments about her being an inspiration.”

But Councillor Turnbull added: “She was a formidable lady, sharp as a razor, but quite likeable. I was very sad to hear the news on Monday. She will go down in history as one of the best ever world leaders.”