Cutty Sark ‘Ready By 2012′
Whoopee. The Cutty Sark will be ready by 2012, according to a joint announcement by the Mayor Boris Johnson and Gordon Brown today.
Dazza sent me a link to the news at the BBC website, where the two leaders seem to be announcing it like it’s a good thing that it’s two-bloomin’-years late. All they care about is that it will be ready for the Olympics.
The excuse is, apparently, that, in the fire, “the frame had corroded more than first thought”. Hmm.
I thought I’d check out the Cutty Sark website and found a statement. (I never got a reply to any of my queries, btw).
It’s mainly gushing about how marvellous it is that the ship’s going to be around for the Olympics and the creation of the Royal Borough. Gordon Brown waffles some platitudes about how sad everyone was when the fire damaged it (sticking his neck out as usual…) and Boris Johnson has the gall to say “I am thrilled that the restoration is progressing with speed since the fire in 2007,” which proves he’s not visited Greenwich for sometime.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m really keen to see the Cutty Sark back again, looking lovely. And I still think it could look spectacular with the plans to raise it, complete with lightshows and corporate jollies – as long as they can find a way to do it without totally killing the ship. I mean, let’s face it, she was never going to sail again, and this could have been – and, yes, still could be – a fabulous focus for the town centre.
I just get the feeling that at the very least we’ve not been kept in the loop about this. I mean what HAS been going on?
By not telling the people who have supported them in the past how things are progressing, they’ve missed out on, if nothing else, a great money-raising opportunity. I, for one, would have cheerily put my hand in my pocket again – and been happy to join in fund-raising shindigs as far as this little blog’s concerned – but I was hardly likely to do it when, even as a Friend, I got no news, only second and third-hand rumours which may or may not have any basis in truth – we just don’t know.
They appear to have feted the big donors (understandable, of course) but completely ignored the smaller, possibly more local, supporters who may not have managed the millions that the big cheeses did, but who, together could have made a substantial difference.
At least we can be sure that this latest deadline is the last one – after all, if they miss the Olympics, we can pretty much kiss the entire project goodbye.