New lease of life for ‘Danny’ is celebrated
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