A statue of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher is in the sights of egg throwers ahead of it being lowered into place in her home town.
In February 2019, a planning committee unanimously voted in favour of the STG300,000 ($A530,000) statue - which was originally intended for Parliament Square in London's Westminster.
Despite its unveiling being delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the statue is set to be erected on a three-metre high granite plinth in Baroness Thatcher's home town of Grantham, Lincolnshire, on Sunday.
Reports originally presented to South Kesteven District Council showed the statue was moved to the area due to fears of a "motivated far-left movement ... who may be committed to public activism".
But after a large-scale STG100,000 unveiling ceremony was approved by the council in 2020, a Facebook group proposing an "egg-throwing contest" at the event attracted interest from more than 13,000 people.
Around 2400 others visited the Facebook page to say they would go to the event including "egg throwing... and potentially graffiti art".
Before planning permission was given to the statue, the only marking of Baroness Thatcher in the town was a plaque on a street corner to show where she was born.
A council spokesman said the Public Memorials Appeal, which funded the monument through donations, will host an official unveiling ceremony at a later date.
Leader of South Kesteven District Council Kelham Cooke said "we must never hide from our history", adding it is "appropriate the debate that surrounds her legacy takes place here in Grantham".
"This memorial statue of the late Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven will be a fitting tribute to a truly unique political figure," he said.
"Margaret Thatcher will always be a significant part of Grantham's heritage. She and her family have close ties with Grantham. She was born, raised and went to school here.
"It is, therefore, appropriate that she is commemorated by her home town, and that the debate that surrounds her legacy takes place here in Grantham.
"We must never hide from our history, and this memorial will be a talking point for generations to come."
Mr Cooke added: "We hope that this memorial will encourage others to visit Grantham and to see where she lived and visit the exhibition of her life in Grantham Museum.
Australian Associated Press
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