Alfred Roberts - Wikipedia
Margaret Thatcher's dad "was a notorious toucher-up".
The sexual assaults reportedly took place behind the counter of the shop.
"Older teachers," Professor Crick was told by a Grantham friend, "all remembered ... trying ...to steer girls away from taking jobs at his shop.
"They were frightened to hint at the real reason: for he was a figure of real power in the town."
A 74-year-old woman from Grantham told the Independent on Sunday that she had been sexually abused on frequent occasions by Alderman Roberts, when she worked in his shop, aged just 15.
"I got quite frightened. I didn't like it and I'd push him away. He'd say nothing and go, but then he would come back again. He used to chase other girls round the counter."
Punch sent a reporter to Grantham and found pensioners willing to recount tales about the child-abusing Alf Roberts.
In Grantham, Rotten Borough, by local journalist Oliver Anderson, published in 1937, a councillor who has a corner grocery shop has fun with his female assistants.
Robin Harris was Margaret Thatcher's confidant and adviser for 30 years.
He saved enough money to buy a grocery store.
"Once Margaret had the chance to leave, she rarely returned."
Margaret grew up during the Depression of the 1930s, but she was born in a town that was relatively prosperous.
Alf Roberts served as a councillor for 25 years, including a term as mayor.
Alf left Margaret nothing in his will.
THATCHER'S GAY FRIENDS