Waverley’s 75th Anniversary appeal has just reached £100,000. This is a fantastic result in just 3 months since the appeal was launched. Our thanks go to all who have supported this appeal, including those members of the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society who have contributed £25,000 towards this total, we are so grateful for the ongoing support.
We are now spending funds at pace with much activity on board Waverley during the last few weeks. From deck repairs to electrical work, from replacing catering equipment to manufacturing parts for a 75 year old steam engine, the shopping list for Waverley is never ending.
We were delighted to receive a cheque for £3,000 towards the Appeal from Tighnabruaich Pier Association. Paul Semple, General Manager for Waverley Excursions, attended the recent AGM meeting for the Pier Association and was surprised to receive a further contribution.
Paul commented, “Tighnabruaich Pier Association have been exceptionally generous towards Waverley and have now donated over £12,000 since 2019 when they supported the Boiler Refit Appeal. For such a small community group to give so much just shows what Waverley means to the locals in Tighnabruaich. I am pleased that once again they will be undertaking a fundraising cruise during Waverley’s main summer season on Saturday 13th August. Tighnabruaich locals will also have the opportunity for a rare evening cruise from their pier when Waverley sails round Bute on Wednesday 6th July when on charter to the Paddle Steamer Preservation Society.”
Further donations are required to help meet the cost of returning Waverley to service in just 3 months. Donations can be made online or by calling 0141 243 2224. Waverley will visit Dales Marine Services dry dock in Greenock in April for her annual hull inspection ahead of her special season which will see her retrace her maiden voyage on the 16th June. Look out for the main Clyde summer timetable being released in the coming weeks.