What Dun­do­nians think of their lat­est land­mark...

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TOM GAR­NETT, 67

THE wa­ter­front is be­ing re­con­nected to the peo­ple. It is a great way to give peo­ple pride in this won­der­ful city, in what I think is in the best lo­ca­tion in the world. It’s not to un­der­state the so­cial and eco­nomic prob­lems we have, but any­thing that gives peo­ple more con­fi­dence is good for the com­mu­nity. I’ve heard more pos­i­tive things about Dundee in the past four months than in the past 49 years.

ANNE MEL­ROSE, 63, and LYN BROWN, 68

It’s just mag­nif­i­cent. We’re so pleased we could get tick­ets to come and see it. It re­ally is a time in his­tory. You can say to your chil­dren I was there when the V&A opened. There’s been a protest about how it’s not tack­ling poverty in Dundee and we were say­ing that we think in the fu­ture they’ll be try­ing to close it – and we’ll be here protest­ing to keep it open.

HARRY GIBB, 52

Dundee’s got the high­est rate of drugs deaths in Europe, the high­est rate for teenage preg­nancy, the high­est rate for ev­ery­thing. They could have spent the money on youth clubs. I won’t be vis­it­ing it. They should have used the money to build schools. It’s a sham­bles. There’s noth­ing for young peo­ple and no jobs; just drugs and crime and rob­bing old grannies.

HAR­VEY RITCHIE, 9

It’s re­ally, re­ally cool in­side. I’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend it to ev­ery­one. My favourite thing was the piece from the Ti­tanic and I re­ally liked the elec­tric car. My mum won tick­ets so I’ve been re­ally ex­cited to come and see it and I in­vited my friend Ben. All the kids in my school think it’s re­ally cool.

CARO­LINE GRAPE, 27

I saw there were some protests go­ing on out­side about so­cial poverty, which is quite un­der­stand­able re­ally. Hope­fully though, the mu­seum will bring in more cul­tural rev­enue and that will feed into the city.

FER­NANDO FERNANDES, 40

I don’t ac­tu­ally like mod­ern art, I pre­fer more clas­si­cal art usu­ally – but I re­ally like this con­tem­po­rary space and the prow of the build­ing like a ship and what this ship means. It points to the di­rec­tion we want to take in the fu­ture. There are a lot of in­equal­i­ties in the city and we need to think about how we can make it more at­trac­tive for peo­ple.

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