Doodles by Reagan at summit revealed

Mon, Mar 19, 2012, 00:00

FORMER BRITISH prime minister Margaret Thatcher kept a set of doodles sketched by US president Ronald Reagan at a meeting of a group of the world’s most powerful leaders more than 30 years ago, newly released papers reveal.

Mrs Thatcher sat next to Mr Reagan at the Ottawa summit – attended by leaders of the world’s seven richest countries – in July 1981 and noticed him doodling, according to a historian who has analysed files.

She is thought to have picked up Mr Reagan’s sheet of drawings during a break in proceedings in Canada and preserved them for posterity among her private papers.

Archivists say that from next week, Mrs Thatcher’s personal files from 1981 will be opened to the public at the Churchill Archive Centre, Cambridge, and posted at margaretthatcher.org– (PA)