Cutty Sark Cash-Generator-O-Matic
I’ve just had a thought. Every time I go past the Cutty Sark’s boarded-up hulk, I see some one or other trying to peek through the little gap in the gate where the padlock goes. Sometimes there’s even a little queue of nosy parkers trying to get a glimpse of what’s going on – especially now there are interesting noises again. And let’s face it – we’re all just a little bit curious to know how things are proceeding behind that chipboard and plastic shell.
Don’t you think it would be great if they created a little scaffolded observation platform, where people could pay a couple of quid a pop to watch the work going on? It would surely pay for itself – they might even get a local company to donate the equipment and erection in return for a little sign on the side – and they’d get more money towards the restoration programme. It could even be a little ramp so that wheelchairs could get up there too – after all it’s not that high up.
I’d certainly return on a regular basis – especially if there was the odd expert around to answer questions from time to time. And it would be a good way of getting tourists involved in the works so they’d be more likely to return when it was finished.
What do you think, folks? Shall I suggest it to them? Would you pay a small fee to see the restoration works? How much? Maybe they could do a loyalty card scheme – where you get your card stamped every time you visit the works – a full card would be a free visit when it all opens again?