We went out onto the streets of Tipton to see what local population had to say about Hugo Guthrie’s ambitious project.
“ANYTHING THAT brings people to the town is good, and a 40-foot-high, 14,000-mile-long castellated rampart certainly fits that bill in my book.” Richard le Scrope, consultant proctologist
“IF THEY go ahead with it, I hope they put some gates in, because I live on Davis Avenue and I don’t want to have to walk thousands of miles every day just to get to me ciggies from the Spar on Peel Street.” Henry Bowet, chartered turf accountant
“I’VE JUST paid the thick end of £150 to have my back kitchen wall repointed, and that’s just ten foot long. I shudder to think how much it is going to cost the local ratepayers to have the mortar on a 14,000-mile wall titivated every few years when the frost’s got in.” Samuel Harsnett, jazz trombonist
“I THINK it’s a wonderful idea, as people could abseil down it to raise money for animal charities, such as rescued donkeys, blind dogs or seagulls with all oil on them.” Edna Grindal, grandmother
“I THINK it’s an utter waste of money. They should spend the cost of this pointless wall on something the town really needs, like a Sphinx, a Machu Pichu, or a Hanging Garden of Babylon.” Janice Sandys, HR consultant
“THEY COULD hold an annual Great Wall of Tipton Marathon, where people run along the top as far as Codsall Wood and back. Or they could do a Half Marathon where they turn around when they reach the Sainsbury’s at Raglan Street in Wolverhampton.” Ada Sentamu, wool shop owner