Is the great LNER locomotive engineer’s legacy safe in the Gresley Society’s hands? asks David Wilcock in the August issue of Steam Railway. His no-holds-barred analysis of the Society’s handling of the statue debacle rather suggests the answer is “no”.
Here’s an extract (see also this):
Resignations, a petition, and widespread indignation – but the protests over the Gresley Society’s decision to scrap the mallard from a new statue of Sir Nigel Gresley – at the behest of his two grandsons – appear to have washed over the Society’s elders like water off a duck’s back.
Until last November, the concept of a statue of Sir Nigel with the mallard at his feet enjoyed the unanimous and enthusiastic support of all 11 members of the Gresley Society Trust council. But as a direct result of pressure from the Godfrey brothers, the Society’s trustees voted (effectively by eight to three) to chop the mallard from the statue.
Society Chairman David McIntosh admitted: “When it comes to a decision between a duck and the friendship of Sir Nigel’s nearest living relatives, there is no contest. Harmony is more important than dedication to a minor issue.”