Memories Of Baroness Thatcher’s Visit To The Isles Of Scilly

Amanda Martin, from the Isles of Scilly Museum, has sent us some fascinating pictures of Baroness Thatcher’s visit to the islands in March 1973, while she was Education Secretary under Ted Heath’s government.

Amanda was a school girl at the time of the visit.

On Friday 30th March 1973, the then Mrs Margaret Thatcher arrived on the islands to a guard of honour by cadets outside the Town Hall. She met Council officials, Chairman Tom Dorrien-Smith, Clerk Roland Phillips and the Chair of the Education Committee, Barry Mumford.

Mrs Thatcher stayed the evening on Tresco as a guest of the Dorrien-Smith family.

On Saturday 31st, Amanda says all the children had to go into school (which she wasn’t too happy about!) so that Mrs Thatcher could assess the ‘overcrowding.’

She visited the primary school (head teacher Mr Lewis Stephens) and the secondary school (head teacher Mr John Osborne).

On Saturday afternoon she made the journey over to St Agnes school (hosted by teacher Mrs Marigold Bush).

On Sunday Mrs Thatcher attended a Mothering Sunday service at Tresco church, then visited Tresco School before departing in a Royal Navy helicopter.

Can you spot anyone you know in the photos?