Loch Ness Monster Nessie is making waves in Scotland and appears to be drowning the local business community. ”The Loch Ness Monster is one of the Highlands’ biggest assets, but the way the legendary monster is portrayed to tourists is threatening to split the business community on the shores she reputedly roams,” reported The Scotsman on June 14, 2013.
George Edwards, who runs Loch Ness Cruises in Drumnadrochit, Scotland, has been taking tourists out on his boat Nessie Hunter on Loch Ness for decades telling his passengers stories about Loch Ness Monster Nessie. Armed with binoculars and anticipation, tourists come to Loch Ness to just maybe get a glimpse of the world-famous Loch Ness monster who has inhabited Loch Ness for over 80 years.
However, what George Edwards regards as an adventure for himself and his passengers, other members of the local business community consider to be filling tourists’ “heads full of garbage.”
Instead of an adventure and a possible sighting of Loch Ness Monster Nessie, the local Chamber of Commerce in Drumnadrochit and the local Loch Ness Centre want to treat Nessie merely as “a myth” rather than a reality.
Neither Loch Ness Monster Nessie nor George Edwards like the idea.
“In a letter to the chamber, Mr Edwards, criticised the overly scientific approach taken by the Loch Ness Centre. He says visitors come out of the exhibition feeling disappointed after being told that Nessie is ‘a myth’.”
In response to George Edwards’ letter in which he defends Nessie, Tony Harmsworth, the former boss of the Loch Ness Centre, is accusing George Edwards of misleading his customers with fake photographs of the Loch Ness monster and filling his customers’ head full of garbage about Nessie.
George Edwards says that he is giving his customers what they have come to see and hear.
“Most of the people I talk to on my boat know that it’s just a bit of fun. What brings more people to Loch Ness – my little stories about Nessie, or the so-called experts going on about big waves and big fish. They should stop taking themselves so seriously.”
“How many people come here to see the Loch Ness Big Fish or the Loch Ness Big Wave?”
Telling customers that they have paid money to come to Loch Ness to hear about myths, legends, a big fish, or a big wave is not what George Edwards considers to be an adequate representation of Loch Ness Monster Nessie by the local Chamber of Commerce and the Loch Ness Centre.
By now, Tony Harmsworth – who claimed to be an expert on the Loch Ness monster, who called Nessie a “myth” and George Edwards “a fake” has resigned as the former boss of the Loch Ness Centre, the editor of the chamber’s website, and he has cancelled his business membership of the chamber. Debbie McGregor, manager of the Loch Ness Centre, also resigned.
Apparently, Loch Ness Monster Nessie in the dark depths of Loch Ness and George Edwards on his boat Nessie Hunter seem to agree. “At the end of the day there’s no such thing as an expert on Loch Ness, just people with an opinion.”
If people want to know about myths and legends they read books. If people want to see Loch Ness Monster Nessie, they come to Loch Ness.