“Wel­come to the 8th Won­der of the West Mid­lands!” Hugo Guthrie, Tourism Chief

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TIP­TON Town Coun­cil has given the green light to an am­bi­tious build­ing project that is set to put the West Mid­lands town on the map … a 14,000-mile-long wall. It is hoped that the mas­sive, 40-foot-high stone struc­ture will at­tract vis­i­tors from as far afield as Wolverhampton, War­ley and Tet­ten­hall. Tourist boss Hugo Guthrie told lo­cal pa­per the Tip­ton and Sandwell Mea­tus: “The wall will be­gin at the cor­ner of Vic­to­ria Road and May­fair Gar­dens, and run roughly north west for roughly 14,000 miles. Just like its fa­mous Chi­nese coun­ter­part, the Great Wall of Tip­ton will be vis­i­ble from the Moon. It’s some­thing that will put the town firmly on the map and give all Tip­to­ni­ans some­thing to be proud of,” he con­tin­ued. “Once it is up and run­ning, we have high hopes that our Great Wall will push Dud­ley Leather Mu­seum off the cov­eted num­ber one spot on the list of Things to Do in Tip­ton.”

Mr Guthrie is con­fi­dent that the project will bring in much-needed rev­enue to the town. “Tick­ets will be £1.50 for adults and 75p for chil­dren and pen­sion­ers,” he told the pa­per. “There will even be a gift shop at the exit 14,000 miles away, where vis­i­tors can buy a sou­venir of their day out, such as a pen­cil sharp­ener, a leatherette book­mark or a fridge magnet bear­ing the Tip­ton town crest.”

“I have no doubt that the Great Wall of Tip­ton will pay for it­self within a few months of open­ing,” said Mr Guthrie.


The task of erect­ing the im­mense for­ti­fi­ca­tion has been given to lo­cal builder Stan O’Reilly, who quoted £450 cash for the job, which he reck­ons will take him and Wall I never!: An artist’s im­pres­sion of how Tip­ton’s Great Wall might look if fin­ished. his lad about six weeks. Mr O’Reilly has al­ready dropped a mixer and four bags of Blue Cir­cle ce­ment off at the site. Mr Guthrie said: “He was sup­posed to start last Mon­day, but un­for­tu­nately his plans have been un­ex­pect­edly de­layed due to his mother be­ing di­ag­nosed with can­cer.”

“He’s hav­ing to take her for her ap­point­ments in his van,” said Mr Guthrie. “But he says he’ll def­i­nitely be start­ing next Tues­day or Wed­nes­day, if the weather’s al­right.”

Hugo un­der­tak­ing: Guthrie hopes wall will pay for it­self within a few months.

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