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CUTTY SARK FIRE A 'DEVASTATING BLOW' TO TOURISM: GREENWICH COUNCIL

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Greenwich LBC has pledged its support to efforts to refurbish the Cutty Sark after the historic tea trading vessel ...
Greenwich LBC has pledged its support to efforts to refurbish the Cutty Sark after the historic tea trading vessel was seriously damaged in a fire today.

The council said it would help the Cutty Sark Trust raise the additional capital needed to repair damage caused to the ship, which was already undergoing restoration to deal with serious structural problems.

Greenwich leader Chris Roberts said: 'This is a devastating blow for what is a truly iconic symbol of Greenwich across the world. Greenwich Council will continue to do all we can to support the Trust.

'The Cutty Sark has a unique and special history, which helps to draw millions of visitors to Greenwich every year. We must be thankful that there have not been any injuries and that the emergency services have acted quickly to bring the situation under control.

'Greenwich Council has been a key partner in the efforts to restore the Cutty Sark for a number of years and we will continue to do all we can to support the trust following this sad and shocking news.'

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