THE Scottish Government has stepped in with a £1 million boost for the Waverley Boiler Refit Appeal, to help ensure that the London & North Eastern Railway-built paddle steamer sails again in 2020.
Culture cabinet secretary, Fiona Hyslop MSP, made the announcement when she visited the ship in Glasgow on Friday 20 September. It came after Labour MSP Jackie Bailie, had asked questions in the Scottish Parliament the about the future of the ship and the possibility of the Government coming to its rescue.
Fiona Hyslop, who had answered the question positively, and also revealed that she had enjoyed a cruise on the Waverley, to mark her 21st birthday in 1985, said on her visit to the paddler: “The Waverley has delighted generations of locals and visitors throughout her 70 year history and I am pleased to announce this significant financial contribution to help her sail again.”
Paul Semple, Waverley Excursions Ltd’s general manager, said: “We are very grateful for this significant Scottish Government contribution which recognises Waverley’s heritage and the significant economic value she brings to coastal communities. This brings us up to £1.9m raised since we launched our appeal in June, leaving us still to raise £400,000 to meet our target of £2.3m. We will continue to strive to raise the balance though donations, corporate funding and grants, and stress the urgency of raising the outstanding sum to ensure that Waverley does sail next season.”