The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) are delighted to be holding its second “Waterways Restoration Showcase” on board the steamship “Danny” at Sutton Weaver on the River Weaver on Saturday and Sunday, 29th and 30th July. The event, which has free entry, will have exhibition stands from 12 of the leading waterway restoration society from the North West and Wales with experts on hand to explain the important work that they are undertaking to protect and extend the waterway system.
The “Danny” is moored by the swing bridge on the A56 close to Frodsham and Junction 12 on the M56, whilst parking will be free and light refreshments will be available on board the vessel.
Opening times will be from 10.30 am until 4 pm, and the event has been planned to take place in the early part of the children`s school holiday, making an excellent cost-effective day out for all the family.
The Inland Waterways Association is a national charity established in 1948 and, with its associated members, has been mainly responsible for creating the present leisure usage of the canal network. A previous “Waterways Restoration Showcase” was held in Liverpool`s Royal Albert Dock pre-Covid and was a great success.
The societies attended come from afar afield, such as Lancaster and Shropshire and will be highlighting their work to raise funds and bring back to life the work of the “navvies” of the 19th and 18th Centuries.
The Story of the “Danny `s” Restoration
The unique story in British maritime history of the “Danny`s” restoration from a near wreck to a pristine art deco steamship will be told in the lower saloon by expert presenters from the vessel’s publicity team. The audio-visual presentation will have many never before photographs and videos from the very start of the restoration until her first cruise. The lower saloon has been recreated into an art deco lounge in the same style as the great liners of the 1930s and will seat 20 passengers.
The “Danny” is recognised as being nationally important and is on the National Historic Ships Register alongside the “Cutty Sark” and “s.s. Great Britain”