|Ребята, мы не зря летали в Австралию! Мы не зря ездили с шотландцами к памятнику Роберта Бернса!
Посмотрите, какой отклик на реставрацию памятника и установку его в закрытом помещении для сохранения, благодаря нашей группе, посетившей это место и привлекшей внимание всей прессы! Из выдержки письма министра культуры Шотландии Фионы Хислоп в обращении к мэру Корангмайт (читайте внизу полную версию письма): "Robert Burns appeal is international, as Camperdown's visitors from Russia, earlier this year, demonstrated. I have every confidence in saying it is not only the people of Scotland who appreciate the effort being taken to restore the statue, but the many people, worldwide, who hold Burns such high regard."
Министр культуры ссылается на интерес посетителей из России! Посмотрите, как важно привлечь внимание к проблеме, и в итоге сохранить что-то для потомков, как это сделал Гордон Эшли, а мы ему помогли и внесли свою лепту.
News has just arrived from Corangamite Council that the restoration project on the Greenshields statue of Robedrt Burns has been finalised. It's now under a ceremonial wraps where it will remain until unveiled by Victorian Premier, Ted Baillieu, on 27 January, as part of the official opening of the Council’s new civic centre in Camperdown.
According to Gillian Senior of Camperdown Historical Society, the Society "are very happy with the way the Shire is supporting the statue's heritage value and ensuring it continuing safety"; adding that local residents were actually able to see the conservators at work during the different stages of the restoration. As a result, she said, "the interest from the general public in Camperdown has been quite inspiring and totally supportive". Concluding her note, she remarked that the Historical Society now, "look forward to an increasing awareness of the statue's importance to the community and the world". The statue will be located in the Reception area of the new building where it will be mounted on a turntable so that it can be oriented to face the main entry during office hours, and, whenever the building is closed, to face the armour-plated window overlooking Camperdown's main street - behind which it will be floodlit during hours of darkness. A fantastic outcome. The town has every chance, now, of becoming one of the truely significant Burns sites in the world. Incidentally, there is only one other statue of Burns that was mounted on a turntable - the 1880 marble statue of Burns and Highland Mary now being repaired in Edinburgh for Bathgate. The other piece of news is that Fiona Hyslop (Scotland's minister for Culture) sent a congratulatory note to the Corangamite mayor on 25 October. In expressing her thanks to the people of Camperdown "for all the efforts taken to preserve their unique statue of Robert Burns," she added: "Robert Burns appeal is international, as Camperdown's visitors from Russia, earlier this year, demonstrated. I have every confidence in saying it is not only the people of Scotland who appreciate the effort being taken to restore the statue, but the many people, worldwide, who hold Burns such high regard." I leave for Glasgow on Christmas Eve armed with a paper I've been invited to give at Glasgow University's Burns Conference on 14 January. I'll be be back on 17 January, in good time to attend the big unveiling on 27 January. A restful and relaxing Christmas to you and all the St Petersburg schools and students."