Letter from Mrs Elizabeth Brown to Sarah Grindley of the LDNPA
Published at 16:29, Tuesday, 02 June 2009
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I am too young to remember Mr Donald Campbells death, but I have been interested in his doings for many years and I'm thrilled by everything that is Donald Campbell and Bluebird. The man is an icon, the boat is iconic, and quite simply that machine has every right to be taken up that lake one last time. Donald Campbell will look down on this with pride, and rightly so. We should all support this bluebird project and all it stands for!
This proposal to rebuild the ill fated K-7 is not a good plan.
Despite the obvious intrest in the Campbells and there achievements,the world has moved on and although there have been great world record attempts and sucesses it seems to me that this is leaning heavily upon the tragedy that unfolded back in January 1967 and will have morbid overtones on fruition.
Let Bluebird rest in peace and Donald Campbells name live on untarnished by events yet to unfold and possible marr his memory.
If some of those scornful of the project were to spare the time to see what has been achieved by the Bluebird project, giving full and absolute reverence to Donald Campbell, they would see that running the boat again is absolutely the right thing to do. If Donald is looking on from the afterlife he would doubtless be 100% behind the project. To suggest that the whole thing is disrespectful is rubbish...the Campbell family have been involved at all stages, and their wishes upheld. Without this project poor old Donald would still be in the murk at the bottom of the lake. Rest in peace? Once the Bluebird rides Coniston again, maybe....