Stars join bid to get Maid sail­ing again

Lennox Herald - - NEWS -

A star of Dad’s Army and Out­lander has teamed up with Celtic mu­sic leg­ends Phil and Aly to get the Bal­loch-berthed Maid of the Loch sail­ing again.

Ac­tor Bill Pater­son, Phil Cun­ning­ham and Aly Bain ap­pear in a new short film high­light­ing how the pub­lic can get in­volved with sav­ing the steamship.

The film is be­ing re­leased for the launch of a crowd­fund­ing cam­paign with a tar­get to raise £125,000 in just six weeks to buy and in­stall a boiler to power the steamship’s engine.

In the film Bill tells the story of the Maid while Phil and Aly play a spe­cially com­posed song on the deck.There are views of Loch Lomond be­hind them and ar­chive footage and pho­tog­ra­phy show­ing the Maid in her hey­day.

Bill said:“The Maid has a gen­uine op­por­tu­nity to sail again, thanks to a gen­er­ous pledge from the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund. The many thou­sands of peo­ple who know and love the Maid will be aware of the long-run­ning ef­forts to raise the funds to re­store her.”

LLSC is work­ing to raise £1.7m in or­der to re­lease £3.8m of lot­tery cash.

The film can be seen and do­na­tions to the ap­peal can be made at www. crowd­fun­ from Friday, October 27.

Guest stars Bill Pater­son, Aly Bain and Phil Cun­ning­ham

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