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Funding Success for Maid of the Loch

Maid of the Loch has been successful in being awarded grants worth £122,000 from Forth Valley & Lomond LEADER and Scottish Enterprise.

The funding will pay for project management support in order to assist in the final stages of developments and fundraising for the £5.5 million project to return the historic steamship to operational condition on Loch Lomond.

John Beveridge, Chairman of the Loch Lomond Steamship Company, the charity that looks after the Maid says that it will allow expertise to be bought in to prepare a number of reports that are necessary in order to take the project to the next stage.

John said: “Expertise is required to produce further structural calculations and drawings for the Maid’s refit, obtain the planning requirements for the waiting facilities on Balloch Pier, prepare a procurement strategy, and make a start on drawing up tender documents. Both LEADER and Scottish Enterprise have also agreed to fund a post that will develop and expand our social media presence. To have two public bodies supporting our project is really good news for us. It shows that our plans are on course and have the backing of recognised authorities".

Rachel Sedman, Development Officer for FVL LEADER said: “A fully restored Maid of the Loch would have a massive impact on the economic development and tourist appeal of the area. We are pleased to be supporting activities that will help LLSC to cross the final hurdles to making this a reality”.

Julian Pace, Head of Rural at Scottish Enterprise added:We are delighted to support along with LEADER the development proposals for such an iconic vessel for it is recognised that a fully restored Maid of the Loch would be key tourism asset not just for Loch Lomond but for the rest of rural Scotland for  future generations to come”.

The Maid of the Loch project has raised £4.5 million, which is over 80% towards the total, and John added, “What a fantastic achievement so far, and our Supporters are very excited that we are now so close to getting this beautiful lady sailing again”.

To donate and support the ongoing efforts to restore Maid of the Loch go to www.maidoftheloch.org

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