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Days Gone By: Looking back to when Margaret Thatcher visited Felixstowe Docks in 1983

PUBLISHED: 07:00 04 August 2018

Meeting workers around the docks  Picture: JOHN KERR

Meeting workers around the docks Picture: JOHN KERR

Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher paid a visit to Felixstowe Docks just months before the General Election of 1983 - were you one of those who met the Iron Lady during her tour?

She was taken around all the different structures around the docks  Picture: JOHN KERRShe was taken around all the different structures around the docks Picture: JOHN KERR

The PM had suffered a rocky start to her premiership with unemployment rates rising and the country in recession. However, by 1983 the situation was beginning to change.

Showing the Iron Lady around the docks  Picture: JOHN KERRShowing the Iron Lady around the docks Picture: JOHN KERR

During her visit to Felixstowe she won many admirers by climbing a quayside crane to get a bird’s-eye view of the port.

The Iron Lady on her visit to Felixstowe Docks  Picture: JOHN KERR The Iron Lady on her visit to Felixstowe Docks Picture: JOHN KERR

Two months after her visit to Felixstowe Docks, Thatcher called a General Election which lead to the most decisive victory since Labour’s victory in 1945.

Looking up at the vast structures around the docks  Picture: JOHN KERRLooking up at the vast structures around the docks Picture: JOHN KERR

She held office until 1990 when John Major took over at Number 10.

Seeing the sights around Felixstowe Docks  Picture: JOHN KERRSeeing the sights around Felixstowe Docks Picture: JOHN KERR

This was not the only time Thatcher had visited Felixstowe. She also addressed the Conservative Central Council at the Spa Pavilion in 1986.

Photographers swarming as Margaret Thatcher talks to workers at Felixstowe Docks  Picture: JOHN KERRPhotographers swarming as Margaret Thatcher talks to workers at Felixstowe Docks Picture: JOHN KERR

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