Gresley statue without mallard a ‘vanity project’ for old boys’ network

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Responses, on Facebook, to the Gresley Society’s latest statue pronouncement have, amongst other things, called into question the Society’s motivation for persisting with their plans in direct opposition to public opinion.

As one commenter puts it:

Why do I now have the impression this is a vanity project rather than a monument which introduces people to a great man?

Others talk of an old boys’ network that places no value on the opinions of those outside it (indeed, the Chairman has more or less said as much).

However, disregarding public opinion may be a risky strategy, says another commenter, as it contravenes Charity Law:

[It] actually invalidates the Society’s charitable status where ‘education charities’ such as the Gresley trust can only be charities by virtue of the educational responsibilities.




One thought on “Gresley statue without mallard a ‘vanity project’ for old boys’ network

  1. Many engineers do not live in a world solely of steel or concrete, but see their work as being in harmony with the natural environment. Sir Nigel was no exception and clearly enjoyed tending to his ‘pet’ mallards. The inclusion of a mallard in his memorial sculpture surely emphasises two sides to his life. Let the mallard remain alongside the main sculpture!
    I look forward to seeing the two side-by-side next time I come back to England.
    (Melbourne, Australia).

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