I am writing in response to an article in your paper on Tuesday, November 15, regarding the South Gate.
When the Town House Museum closed a few years ago we, the volunteers at the South Gate, asked if we could have some of the artefacts from the museum for use in the South Gate, for example, a whaling harpoon. The response from the museum service was an emphatic ‘No’.
We decided to ask our MP Sir Henry Bellingham to assist us.
His intervention resulted in a committee being set up with officers from our council and staff from the museum services. That group applied successfully for Heritage Lottery Funding. But without the volunteers it would never have happened. The volunteers were also responsible for the pilgrims returning to the Red Mount each Easter plus other ideas. Each year the council invite the volunteers to a reception at the town hall to say thank you for our help, a cup of tea, a sandwich and a cake.
This year because of “cut backs” nothing. Is this what we deserve ?
Edith Reeves, King’s Lynn