Darlington should be ashamed of itself, as the famous cardboard artist, Olivier Grossetete, was not sufficiently supported in his recreation of the Darlington Clock Tower.
Back in July, we posted this blog post about an incredible cardboard tower that Olivier had erected in Hounslow, London, with the help of FIVE HUNDRED civilians. The reason Darlington, both the council and the civilians, should be embarrassed, is that they only engaged fifty people, with more than thirty of them actually being a part of the festival.
Fashion designer Wayne Hemingway blames Darlington Borough Council for not supporting the event, as it suffered from a lack of interest. It was deemed surprisingly hard to engage local people.
The tower was pulled down before the festival even started, which is a great shame. Due to a lack of people involved, the tower was not protected enough and was liable to attack.
However, the local response has been very intriguing, with the lack of interest possibly being down to political agenda rather than laziness.
Here are some of the comments:
‘I don’t see the point of a replica of anything a stone’s throw away from the real thing?!’
‘A cardboard clock tower…. load of rubbish if you ask me!’
‘I wonder what homeless people think about money being wasted on such rubbish? How many trees were killed to make it ? When a world war two pensioner wants to know why their home visits are being cut maybe this is one of the reasons?’
‘Alas there is only one thing that Darlington Council support wholeheartedly THEMSELVES. I have nothing but contempt for the lot of them’
‘Another load of old rubbish to be recycled at huge cost – why didn’t they build a cardboard replica of the toilets they shut under the market as a monument to how DBC wastes money!’
‘Another PR disaster from them Darlington Town Folks at the Town Hall.’
‘Wayne is right. Show?….or ‘no show’! Darlington was not involved in this event. I am generally well informed, but failed to realise that the public was invited to participate when I attended. Being a councillor is a commitment, not a job. It involves getting out there, and bringing your constituents with you. Where were you, councillors?’