New lease of life for ‘Danny’ is cel­e­brated

Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News - - In Business - BY OLIVER CLAY oliver.clay@trin­i­tymir­ @Oliv­erClayRWWN

EVENTS are be­ing held to cel­e­brate the re­launch and sec­ond lease of life for a re­cently re­stored his­toric Run­corn steamship.

The Daniel Adam­son Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety (DAPS) will be hold­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion, a pre­sen­ta­tion and a screen­ing of a film about The Danny to thank res­i­dents and or­gan­i­sa­tions in­clud­ing Hal­ton Coun­cil for their con­tri­bu­tion in sup­port­ing ef­forts to bring the boat back into use as an as­set for the bor­ough.

Through­out most of Novem­ber, The Brind­ley is host­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion fea­tur­ing a short in­tro­duc­tion to The Danny’s his­tory, show­cas­ing art­work pro­duced af­ter school­child­ren were in­tro­duced to the project.

On Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, The Brind­ley stu­dio will be giv­ing young­sters the chance to host their own ● Young­sters learn about Danny in the wheel­house pre­sen­ta­tion about their thoughts on the project at 2pm, as well as show­ing vis­i­tors around the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Later that evening, vol­un­teers who re­stored the ship are host­ing a screen­ing of a one-hour film about The Danny, which pays trib­ute to hard work to those who res­cued and re­stored the steam tug­boat – which the preser­va­tion so­ci­ety said is the last of her kind.

Af­ter the screen­ing, there will be a ques­tion and an­swer ses­sion with the vol­un­teers and a chance to see the ex­hi­bi­tion with them.

Tick­ets for all events are avail­able from The Brind­ley box of­fice on 0151 907 8360.

Cathri­ona Bourke, learn­ing and par­tic­i­pa­tion man­ager at the DAPS, said: “The schools were re­cruited to the project through the Hal­ton Pri­mary Arts Net­work, which seeks to im­prove op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren in the bor­ough to cre­ate and show­case their art­work, build­ing their confi- dence nce and self self-es­teem es­teem in the process process.

“Thanks to fund­ing from the Big Lot­tery, we were able to work with pro­fes­sion­als to sup­port the chil­dren’s cre­ative de­vel­op­ment, the ex­hi­bi­tion and to build the arts skills of our vol­un­teers.

“Through­out the project, chil­dren from Gorse­wood, St Martin’s, Our Lady’s, Fair­field and West­field pri­mary schools have de­lighted The Danny vol­un­teers with their cu­rios­ity, en­thu­si­asm and cre­ativ­ity as they ex­plored The Danny and its his­tory, the wa­ter­ways wa­ter­ways, ge­og­ra­phy and ecolecol ogy of their area and learned dif­fer­ent artis­tic tech­niques for record­ing their ex­pe­ri­ences.

“The vol­un­teers felt great ful­fil­ment in reach­ing the new gen­er­a­tion with The Danny’s story.

“As our skip­per said at the end of one of our school cruises: ‘This is what we saved The Danny for. This is what has made it all worth­while.’

“The Danny was able to ex­tend the learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the chil­dren by work­ing in part­ner­ship. ● ● The Danny

“Vol­un­teers from the New Cut Her­itage And Ecol­ogy Trail pro­vided ex­per­tise in or­nithol­ogy.

“The Canal And River Trust sup­ported us with dredg­ing pro­grammes, berthing fa­cil­i­ties and will­ing­ness to ex­plain their jobs to the chil­dren.’’

Cathri­ona added: “The Danny team is de­lighted with this first ma­jor project with lo­cal schools, and is com­mit­ted to con­tin­ued en­gage­ment with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties.

“We are run­ning four free fam­ily Fes­tive Sun­days in Novem­ber and De­cem­ber, de­vel­op­ing a com­mu­nity pro­gramme with a fo­cus on well­be­ing for next year, as well as a full schools’ of­fer, stu­dent place­ments and of course our usual cruise and hire op­por­tu­ni­ties for in­di­vid­u­als, groups and lo­cal busi­nesses.”

Left, chil­dren from lo­cal schools have ex­plored and its his­tory


Above, the Daniel Adam­son steamship on the Weaver Nav­i­ga­tion

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