The campaign to see the Maid of the Loch – the UK’s last built paddle steamer – sail the waters of Loch Lomond once again, will take centre stage at this month’s Celtic Connection’s festival.
‘Maid of the Loch – The Heart of Loch Lomond’ will be an evening to celebrate the rich history of shipbuilding in Glasgow, as exemplified by the Maid of the Loch, a Clyde-built paddle steamer and Scotland’s last remaining example of an ‘up and doon’ vessel.
Taking place in the Mitchell Theatre on Sunday the 28 th of January, the evening will be hosted by musician and Maid supporter Phil Cunningham. Phil will be joined by Eddi Reader, Jimmie Macgregor, Siobhan Miller, Arthur Johnstone and Findlay Napier, to explore the history of this magnificent pleasure steamer through song and story.
The event, expected to be a sell-out, will lend steam to the campaign to get the Maid sailing again, with £4.5m raised already and a further £1m needed to unlock Heritage Lottery Funding necessary to successfully complete the project. For more information, please visit www.celticconnections.com/events.