Moneyraising schemes are ‘tawdry’
Jim Bruce, Edinmore Drive, Daviot, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire SIR, – I am relieved to see that Aberdeen Art Gallery, pictured above, is now back on track after a period of being parked in the sidings.
The gallery will apparently reopen in early 2019 after the interior work has been completed and the collections have been reinstalled. That’s not too bad, only slightly over a year late. Unfortunately the funds to pay for the works have fallen short by £7million. Either the generosity of Aberdonians has been stretched to the limit or their enthusiasm for this project failed to get off the ground. Either way, all is not lost, council officials are selling raffle tickets at £2 each to close the funding gap. No mention of what the first prize is though. Perhaps dinner with the leaders of the administration, with the second prize being two dinners?
In addition, subscribers can for £150 have their name or that of a loved one inscribed on one of 200 chairs in the Cowdray Hall. The Cowdray Hall, our war memorial, was given to the city by Lord and Lady Cowdray and built in 1925. In my opinion, to associate such tawdry moneyraising schemes with this magnificent building is demeaning and also dishonours those it commemorates. If the council cannot afford to pay for 200 measly chairs it should not have embarked on the programme.
Lastly we have long become used to the hyperbole employed by Councillor Boulton. However on this occasion she appears to have gone into overdrive with the use of such words and phrases as “exhibitions that we have never dreamed of before”, “huge draw for tourists”, “people will actually be amazed”. This has all the hallmarks of desperation. However, I did like Councillor Alex Nicol’s remark that he is looking forward to the administration’s civic busking team performing to raise funds. May I suggest a stance outside the Muse development?
George S Morrison, Overton Circle, Dyce, Aberdeen