One thing I didn\’t mention yesterday was the boat trip we took from Marazion to St Michael\’s Mount – the extraordinary rock in the ocean near Penzance. One legend has
St Michael the Archangel appearing to some fishermen there in 495 AD, another tells of a giant called Cormoran being defeated by a lad called (naturally) Jack. There\’s an interesting historic castle and chuch at the top.
The tide was in so we took the little ferryboat, walked up and around to the gate where we had to pay to get in.
Accountants of the National Trust, take note of this: thirteen mixed young urbanites and neo-hippies gasped when told that it would cost £7 to get in. No, there weren\’t any discounts for groups. And so they all said \”too expensive\” and turned away. We had much less expensive tea at the very friendly café next to the gate so it wasn\’t a dead loss for the NT. I expect some of them could have afforded the entrance price, but some couldn\’t. So none of them went.
I asked while we were chatting over tea – what would they have been willing to pay? Around £5 each, they said.
So in pusuit of £91, the National Trust lost £65. Sad, isn\’t it?