Remembering Margaret Thatcher’s Missouri Visit
In 1996, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same place where almost 50 years earlier, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech. During her visit, Thatcher gave a speech that still has relevance today, especially in light of the continuing threat of nuclear weapons by North Korea.
Shawn Poore, now Director of Development at the University of Missouri College of Engineering, was a senior at Westminster College in 1996 and served as Thatcher’s guide on her tour of the campus, including the National Churchill Museum. Fulton Police Lieutenant Lyla Robbins provided security for the former Prime Minister during her stay.
On the day that Thatcher was laid to rest, “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh introduced a segment of her Westminster speech and then spoke with Poore and Robbins about their remembrances of her visit.Excerpt of Margaret Thatcher's 1996 speech in Fulton and Don Marsh's interviews with Shawn Poore and Lieutenant Lyla Robbins