Standing confident in front of a packed audience of 2,000 in St. George’s Hall in February 1979, Mr Edward Heath boomed out a message to his Bradford followers: “We must stand firm against the slide into unreason somewhere, sometime.”

The Prime Minister who had chosen Bradford for the last of his election rallies, received a standing ovation for his 45-minute speech, followed by three cheers and random bursts of applause.

Blue was certainly the colour of the evening, if not the mood, as the hall was decorated in a light shade of blue to match the Prime Minister’s suit and tie.

From the moment he stepped on to the stage of a packed St. George’s Hall to the moment he was whisked away to his private plane, Mr Heath had made it a star occasion.