Heritage Lottery Fund Award

Date Posted: May 1, 2006

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has awarded a lifeline to the Mary Gordon Trust it was announced today.

The award of £23,600 will enable the Trust to embark on a series of planning and consultation programmes which are vital if they are to achieve their aim of restoring the Mary Gordon.

The Mary Gordon is the oldest surviving Victorian electronically powered pleasure launch in the UK. Such is her importance that she is listed on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

Peter Harrold, Chairman of the Trustees said: “This is great news and has made all the work that has gone into the project so far worthwhile. It is a major step towards securing funding for the restoration of the boat to full working order, and I would like to thank everyone who has given their support, in time and money to the project so far. I am confident that the Mary Gordon will once again be sailing on Brayford Pool. However there remains much work to do before that vision is achieved, and we will be organising a public meeting in the near future to outline our plans to achieve this.”

HLF Amanda Turner, said “Mary Gordon is an important part of our heritage. Detailed planning is vital for any successful restoration project and we are delighted to be able to support them at this important time.”

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