What really gets me and infuriates me and still does to this day was what was said to me on the afternoon of 24th November 2019 outside Salmesbury Hall.
Whilst mingling with as many old friends as I possibly could saying hello etc not having seen some people for quite sometime. When suddenly I find myself stood outside next to one of the “Three Amigos “ stud there in there Heavily Embroidered Bluebird jacketed puffing away.
Then came the bold statement, That “ Bill Smith has had his chance and he won’t know what's coming or what about hit him!!
Followed by “ Oh Yes, WE don’t care if he returns the wreckage, we have a team standing by to fully rebuild Bluebird K7 if needed” those words have live with me ever since !!!!
It took a moment for the implications to sink in as to what Johnny come lately was actually saying here!!
It was all I could do to contain my shear anger at those words said so flippantly by a person all but on the scene for five minutes in the grand scheme of things WE! WE ! Who the hell is this WE I thought ? Two bold statements made by Johnny obviously with very little thought or consideration for the person it was being said to!!
And as such with total disregard for the whole team!!
Having personally spent 18yrs of my life at that time doing many many things to see Bluebird K7’s full restoration to her former glory. In honour of a Great British Hero to us all and per the wishes of my friend of many years at that time!!
However It still amazes me to this day “ How the hell was that going to get the boat on display in the Ruskin anytime soon having to rebuild it?? “A Team standing by” the mind boggled to whom Johnny was referring to? But it was the usual goons in the background I’ve since learnt!!
This person before me was dismissing in an instance the painstaking hard work, blood, sweat and even tears it has taken to restore such an iconic craft.
Many hours over the past twenty years spent travelling, working, running 14 miles around a lake, fund raising, dinners, etc etc etc. All towards a shared goal once upon a time!!
Then it all became clear as that friend stood alone on January 4th 2020. I say alone because someone bailed out incase the Evil One should appear.
Even I wasn’t aware of what was about to be delivered on that day which should have been a day of respect paying homage as we have always done but instead it was being used wrongly in my opinion.
“I clapped in total disbelief and took a step back from the cliffs edge? “ Why?
I knew a real possibility now faced the lovingly restored and successfully run Bluebird K7 boat of being torn apart because of some idiots burning desire to impress!! Bill has in moments of pure frustration and anger threatened to pull the boat apart!! Its not hard to understand why given the many devious goings on in an attempt to steal the Bluebird to gain his thirty pieces of silver. Which are in the public domain now so we can all judge for ourselves. It would be tragic and a big mistake by Bill to ever do this to the people truly involved in her resurrection.
Many many enthusiasts have contacted me annoyed and infuriated by this idiots constant hijacking recently of such Anniversaries but again only done to impress !
And people of a certain age who wish to see Bluebird on Coniston before there time is up.
But this only goes to show and clearly demonstrates the ignorance and contempt by this Johnny come lately for the history and for those enthusiasts who hold the subject and our Hero in the highest regard. Or more likely its because Johnny doesn’t really give a sh-t!!
Someone said recently “I hate the politics “ which is very true. But one thing that will never be taken away from me personally despite what has gone on behind the scenes here is the part I and the Team have all played in the on going history of Bluebird K7. Nobody will ever take that away! Nobody!!
I can’t see how given what has gone on in March 2018 how the Ruskin could even think of aligning with such people!! Bill is many things but I certainly don’t believe he is attempting to “steal the boat through the back door” but others may do so once in their possession don’t you think Ruskin??
Come on Ruskin pick up the phone and lets get this sorted once and for all. Its better the Evil one you do know don’t you think? I think one person’s loyalty within the village has already cost the Museum dearly. Please don’t make that same error again and lets talk this through. You’ve got his number why don’t you use it ?