John Howe Outlines The Business Case
If you pick up a copy of this week's Bridport News, you should see the following letter.
Subject: The Three Cups Hotel
At a time when every place associated with Professor J. R. R. Tolkien is receiving ever-increasing interest from the general public, it seems a shame to tear down a building intimately associated with his life. Tolkien-related tourism is a multi-million dollar industry in New Zealand. You can follow in Tolkien's footsteps in Switzerland with a guided walking tour. The Eagle and Child in Oxford sees as many Middle-Earth pilgrims as it does casual patrons.
Why erase any trace of Tolkien's favoured hotel, thereby undoing any foundation on which Tolkien events could be built? Other countries less fortunate make do with more modest traces of Tolkien's passage, and do very well.
John Howe is well known for illustrating many books including those by Professor Tolkien. Recently, he has worked on designs for Peter Jackson's films of The Lord of The Rings and The Hobbit. For more information on John Howe's work, see www.john-howe.com.
I would like to thank Mr Howe for lending his support to this campaign. He has concisely sketched out the economic benefits that The Three Cups Hotel could bring to Lyme Regis and the surrounding area if it is re-opened AS A HOTEL. As an artist, he has visualised the problem and the solution with great clarity. However, he has also seen first hand how much business Tolkien's name has attracted to New Zealand where Jackson's films were made. How many more visitors could be attracted to the landscapes, seascapes and buildings of Dorset to which Tolkien returned again and again?