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H and R Ainscough Barge restoration project grateful for financial donation.

Ainscough Barge in lock Photo: The old H and R Ainscough's grain barge "Viktoria" passes through Appley Bridge Lock on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in West Lancashire on 20.6.14

The project, based in Burscough has ambitions to restore the two former Ainscoughs corn carrying barges for future generations to enjoy, and keep alive the sights and sounds of the largest craft that ply the inland canals of the country.

The boats, “Ambush” which has a engine so is known as a motor boat and “Viktoria”, dumb boat were built in the 1930’s to carry imported American grain from the docks in Liverpool along the Leeds and Liverpool canal to Ainscoughs mills in Parbold and Burscough.

Dr Mona Duggan was a well respected teacher; lecturer, local historian and author who lived on the banks of the Leeds and Liverpool canal at Haskayne and could have seen these boats passing by in the later years of canal carrying.

Dr Duggan sadly passed away in January 2014 and her family recently made a four figure donation from her estate to aid with the ongoing work to restore the two boats, for which the Chairman of the project Derek Bent, sends grateful thanks to Dr Duggan’s son and daughter, Ross and Janet who have administered the estate.

If you would like more information about the restoration project please contact Derek on 07837428588, Sandra Nolan the projects secretary on 07966439701 or e-mail [email protected]