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Looking back to when the Iron Lady visited Suffolk's county town before she became Prime Minister

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 February 2017

Margaret Thatcher meeting Ipswich residents in April 1979.

Margaret Thatcher meeting Ipswich residents in April 1979.

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Were you in Ipswich when Margaret Thatcher visited in April 1979, just one month before she won the general election?

The size of the crowd on Cornhill, which gathered to welcome Margaret Thatcher to IpswichThe size of the crowd on Cornhill, which gathered to welcome Margaret Thatcher to Ipswich

One month before she became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Margaret Thatcher visited Ipswich in a final attempt to win over voters in April 1979.

Residents welcomed Mrs Thatcher in the town centreResidents welcomed Mrs Thatcher in the town centre

Margaret Thatcher carrying a young calf on a farm in IpswichMargaret Thatcher carrying a young calf on a farm in Ipswich

Mrs Thatcher addressed the hundreds of people that gathered on Cornhill and delivered a speech on the steps of the Town Hall.

The soon-to-be Prime Minister was presented with flowers from a group of childrenThe soon-to-be Prime Minister was presented with flowers from a group of children

Margaret Thatcher on a visit to a farm in IpswichMargaret Thatcher on a visit to a farm in Ipswich

Afterwards, she visited a local farm to discuss agricultural policies with farmers and visited several retail outlets in the town centre.

The Cornhill was heaving with crowds of people who turned out to see Margaret Thatcher when she visited Ipswich in April 1979The Cornhill was heaving with crowds of people who turned out to see Margaret Thatcher when she visited Ipswich in April 1979

Margaret Thatcher on Cornhill in April 1979Margaret Thatcher on Cornhill in April 1979

The visit proved effective, as the Conservative Party won the majority vote in Ipswich in the 1979 general election - and Margaret Thatcher became Prime Minister.

Margaret Thatcher visiting a farm in Ipswich in April 1979Margaret Thatcher visiting a farm in Ipswich in April 1979

Margaret Thatcher as she arrives in IpswichMargaret Thatcher as she arrives in Ipswich

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Margaret Thatcher meeting Ipswich locals in April 1979Margaret Thatcher meeting Ipswich locals in April 1979

Staff inside Ipswich's famous Willis building prepare for Margaret Thatcher's visitStaff inside Ipswich's famous Willis building prepare for Margaret Thatcher's visit

Margaret Thatcher receiving flowers on a farm in IpswichMargaret Thatcher receiving flowers on a farm in Ipswich

Margaret Thatcher on the steps of Ipswich Town Hall in April 1979Margaret Thatcher on the steps of Ipswich Town Hall in April 1979

Margaret Thatcher answering questionsMargaret Thatcher answering questions

Margaret Thatcher visiting a farm in IpswichMargaret Thatcher visiting a farm in Ipswich

If you’re a fan of nostalgic pictures of long lost buildings, shops and streets around Ipswich, be sure to like our Ipswich Rememebers Facebook page.

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