Leicester does not like tourists
So, Richard III is going to save Leicester. The world will come flocking, spending millions of pounds, dollars, yen and euros.
Hmm? Really? I doubt it.
Not because a Richard III heritage site wouldn't be a huge attraction, it would, but the problem is Leicester itself. We just don't like tourists.
I always feel a traveller in Leicester is promptly given a map and directions to Nottingham.
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Take Belgrave, for example. In many cities, Belgrave would be a jewel in a tourist crown.
Within a mile radius there is the steam railway, the space centre, the wonderful Victorian Pumping Station, Watermead Park, which, for bird-watchers, is almost as important as Rutland Water.
On the Golden Mile, one can eat in some of the best (and cheapest) Indian restaurants in the country, then to finish you could visit Belgrave Hall Museum and Gardens; probably the most famous haunted house in the world. Well, no-one else has an actual photograph of their ghost.
So what is the council's plan? They are going to close the museum and vandalise the gardens in order to create a corporate booze-up centre! As I said... "go down the A6, turn left at Loughborough."
J. Thomas, Belgrave.
It was my friend Trish's birthday on August 28. She never received my birthday card, plus six others that went missing. I think this is disgraceful – seven cards missing from one Leicester address.
Miss Vicki Dean, Leicester.