We went out onto the streets of Tip­ton to see what lo­cal pop­u­la­tion had to say about Hugo Guthrie’s am­bi­tious project.

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“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

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