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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR - SATURDAY 1 JANUARY 2000
Millennium Tightrope Walk

How utterly disappointing for Coventry that the proposed live coverage on the BBC of the Millennium tightrope walk between St Michael's and Holy Trinity was pulled from the schedule at the last moment.

I am sure my family was not the only one to have made the decision to stay at home and watch the spectacle courtesy of the BBC rather than travel in and face the hassle of looking for city centre parking/crowds (we have small children) etc.

We live in Kenilworth off a main bus route so public transport was not going to be an option.

Our party group tuned in to the BBC at 9.10pm in case the walk was moved forward but by after 10.30 had realised it was obviously not going to be shown.

I do appreciate that the BBC were working to tight, stressful schedules but feel the original nature of the stunt was such that it should have been bumped into another adjoining time slot in place of some of the duller articles that followed.

Yes I know that's churlish and would have meant other communities being disappointed but why did Coventry have to be the one to be pulled.

At the very least a comment from the presenters that the stunt would not be shown would have shown some courtesy to Midland viewers.

My sympathies go to all who were connected with the planning and delivering of the tightrope walk. I am sure no words could express the frustration they must have felt at the time but I bet that didn't stop some people having a go at finding some suitable ones!

A merry 2000 to you all.

Cathryn Goodwin and family
Kenilworth

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