National Lottery gives Plymouth £9.5million to create UK’s first Marine Park

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has granted a £9.5m Heritage Horizon Award to establish the UK’s first National Marine Park in Plymouth Sound.

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Dunkirk Little Ship inspires new boatbuilding centre and museum

The Skylark IX Recovery Trust announced ambitious plans to secure a bright future for the much-loved Skylark IX ‘Dunkirk Little Ship’ at the heart of a new immersive heritage experience and boatbuilding training centre in Dumbarton.

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Engineers begin restoring UK’s oldest lido to former glory

The restoration of the UK’s oldest lido in Bath poses “significant engineering” challenges with the site only accessible by river.

Bristol-based construction firm Beard has begun work on the £6.2M Cleveland Pools project following a 17 year community campaign to save the Grade II-listed site.

Machinery, building materials and equipment required to carry out the major refurbishment work will be carried up-river on a pontoon pushed by a barge fitted out for the purpose.

The materials will be loaded up at the nearby Avon Rugby Club, which is being used as a base.

Built in 1815, Cleveland Pools is the oldest surviving outdoor public swimming pool in the UK.

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Dunkirk Little Ships Lost in Catastrophic fire at Otter Marine

One of the Little Ships used in the Dunkirk evacuations during the Second World War has been lost in a huge fire on an island in the River Thames.

The Lady Gay was built for Lord Alfred Dunhill, the tobacco company owner, in 1934 and took part in the historic 1940 evacuation.

Crews were called to Platt’s Eyot in Hampton, Richmond upon Thames, at around 5.15pm on Monday after reports of two industrial units on fire.

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