All of Scot­land can learn from Dundee dar­ing to dream big

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - OPINION -

You would have needed to have been liv­ing on Mars not to have no­ticed or heard about the open­ing of a new Scot­tish sen­sa­tion this week­end.

Yes, the V&A fi­nally wel­comed the pub­lic through its doors; first to those lucky enough to have won tick­ets in a bal­lot be­fore full ac­cess be­gins to­mor­row.

It has been quite an oc­ca­sion for the city of Dundee it­self. This, re­mem­ber, is a town that for many years tried des­per­ately to shed its im­age of a down-trod­den post-in­dus­trial com­mu­nity with lit­tle go­ing for it.

Those who live and work in Dundee know the city re­ally isn’t like that. In­deed, it has been their con­vic­tion and pride that has driven the cam­paign to site Kengo Kuma’s an­gu­lar mas­ter­piece on the banks of the Tay.

If you’d asked any­one 20 years ago that Dundee could raze its wa­ter­front, with its coun­cil HQ, a ma­jor swim­ming pool, a ho­tel, and a rail­way sta­tion, then re­place it with what now ex­ists most folk would have thought you’d been at the drink.

There­fore, the V&A shouldn’t just be seen as an ad­van­tage for Dundee, it is im­por­tant for the whole of Scot­land.

For a start, it adds huge value to the coun­try’s tourism pack­age.

We have Ed­in­burgh and Glas­gow with all they of­fer, the High­lands with their vis­ual splen­dour, the north-east’s whisky trails, and, fur­ther afield, the newly-cre­ated North Coast 500.

And now we have the V&A, another stun­ning rea­son for peo­ple to stay – and maybe stay longer – in Scot­land.

But this cre­ation also shows what can be achieved by sim­ply ask­ing the ques­tion ‘what if?’

That is the ques­tion coun­cil bosses and res­i­dents in com­mu­ni­ties the length and breadth of Scot­land should be ask­ing them­selves to­day.

Dundee has shown us all the way.

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