May 18 2013 Latest news:
Robin Cottle, Reporter
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
The iconic Cutty Sark is just weeks away from reopening its doors to the public.
The renovated Greenwich ship will be officially opened by the Queen and Prince Philip on April 25 having been partially destroyed by a fire in May 2007.
The 143-year-old clipper will feature 90% of the original fabric and fittings despite the blaze will then open to the public the next day.
It has been suspended three metres into the air, creating a public space below it for visitors while relieving stress of the wooden hull which was decaying even before the fire.
This space will also be used as a private hire area for events, creating a valuable revenue stream.
The Cutty Sark Trust has said it hopes this restoration will ensure its future for at least the next 50 years.
Entrance prices for the Cutty Sark vary. Adults will have to pay £12, children aged five to 15 will be charged £6.50 while kids under five get in for free with an adult.
For more information visit www.rmg.co.uk.