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Margaret Thatcher opening Torness Power Station in 1989

Margaret Thatcher opening Torness Power Station in 1989

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Torness Power Station was given its official opening in May 1989 by the then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Hundreds of members of staff and guests, along with their families, watched the proceedings on large screens nearby.

Pictured above, right, is the Premier being the first to sign the visitor book, while, left, she stands on the reactor pile cap at the heart of the station.

Margaret Thatcher opening Torness Power Station in 1989

Margaret Thatcher opening Torness Power Station in 1989

The event marked the 10th anniversary of Mrs Thatcher’s coming to power.

The South of Scotland Electricity Board chairman Donald Miler reminded those attending that one of the first major decisions of her government was to review the case for Torness and give it the go-ahead.

He added that over 6,500 people were employed on the site, and that some 50,000 man-hours had gone into Torness’ construction.

The ‘Berwickshire News’ reported at the time that one protester, who was attached to the Faslane Peace Camp, ran in front of the Prime Minister’s motorcade.

They received a £100 fine at Haddington Court for their actions, which resulted in damage to two police cars.