John Scott-Morgan, the British Overseas Railways Historical Trust (BORHT) founder and railway author, has made some powerful comments here and here about the Gresley Society Council‘s (ie the committee) recent behaviour. His points are worth highlighting, as they seem to encapsulate the frustration of many supporters of our campaign to get the mallard reinstated on Sir Nigel Gresley’s statue.
It’s the tweedy coat brigade, the 60s well-healed train enthusiast, who are a pain in the neck and out of touch with the way we preserve our heritage today.
These people don’t want to share our history with anyone and only talk to themselves.
I have a message for them, history belongs to everyone, not just members of the committee of the Gresley Society and the grandsons.
I find it astonishing that the chairman thinks its none of the public’s business, this statue is in a public place, not a private club room. Sir Nigel Gresley belongs to all of us.
Andrew Dow who campaigned for the statue, was a good friend of mine for thirty years, he wanted the duck there and I agree with him. His loss is a great blow to the railway preservation movement, there are few people of his ability around these days.
When you consider all the work and effort, both Andrew and his committee put in to enable the statue of Sir Nigel Gresley to go ahead, I find it mean spirited and small minded of the Gresley Society to behave in the way they have.
I also feel that the whole tone of the Gresley Society is rude and dismissive, they should realise that history belongs to everyone.