Why we must back the Mersey beat

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor - Mark Hedges

THE cru­sade ad­vo­cated by Athena (July 19) to pre­vent re­moval of Liver­pool from the World Her­itage Sites list de­serves the sup­port of us all. A cen­tury ago, Liver­pool was recog­nised as the sec­ond city of our Em­pire, her ex­cep­tion­al­ism a source of won­der, the root of the city’s pride and self-es­teem, the en­gine of her wealth and the rea­son she has such an out­stand­ing town­scape. To let this in­her­i­tance slip away will leave the city pro­foundly im­pov­er­ished and rep­re­sent a se­vere in­dict­ment of our abil­ity as a na­tion to pro­tect great his­toric places. Some have im­plied that to cher­ish this legacy is an ob­sta­cle to cre­at­ing a dy­namic city fit for the 21st cen­tury, but this fails to take into ac­count that, through­out the world, en­light­ened and com­mu­ni­ties recog­nise the ben­e­fits that de­rive from valu­ing and pro­tect­ing their his­toric trea­sures and us­ing them as the foun­da­tion for a pros­per­ous and vig­or­ous fu­ture. Sir Neil Cos­sons, Rush­bury, Shrop­shire

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