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Since being elected as a KCC Councillor in 2009, Avtar Sandhu has attended various events throughout the county. These events and meetings have covered a range of issues which I feel that residents of Dartford need to know about.

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Quadriplegic Female Sailor

Quadriplegic Female Sailor

Hilary Lister set in 2008 in a specially designed yacht which uses a ‘sip and puff’ system of three straws linked to a pressure sensitive switch. She faced extreme weather conditions around Britain. She along with her crew were not going to be frightened and discouraged by this.

So they just continued and finally arrived in Dover on 1st September 2009. When asked about her highlight of the trip, Mrs Lister said, it had been seeing marine wild life. ‘Just seeing whales 35ft long fully breached out of the water was just incredible’ she said, ‘two of them jumped like dolphins it was just amazing.’

Baroness Thatcher in Dartford Kent

Baroness Thatcher in Dartford Kent

Baroness Thatcher in Dartford Kent

Baroness Thatcher visited Dartford in 1984 at which time my father, local Indian community leader, late Mr Darshan Singh Sandhu MBE had the pleasure of welcoming her at Conservative head office in Dartford. Although my father passed away in 1999, the memories of his connection and relations with the Conservative party live on through our family. Mrs Thatcher in Dartford

In various family conversations my father would often relate Baroness Thatcher with another great female leader of the time, late Mrs Indra Gandhi (Prime Minister of India). My fathers admiration for her came through the passionate resemblance of himself and the commitment to the nation, they both seemed to have a clear goal in mind.

Throughout my fathers final years he had the pleasure of meeting Baroness Thatcher on many occasions, one of which was at the unveiling of the statue of late Mrs Indra Gandhi at the Indian High Commission, London.

When my father greeted her with a garland (traditional indian welcome) the press cameras's were flashing away to capture the moment. My memory of her is shown in the images below and from what I can remember she was a very stong lady who's aim was always to do the best for the country. At this moment my thoughts and best wishes go to Carol and Mark and their families.

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