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Former diplomat to chair steamer charity

robyn-naysmithThe charity which maintains the Maid of the Loch as a working paddle steamer on Loch Lomond has appointed former diplomat Robin Naysmith as chairman to help raise £1.7million. 

Mr Naysmith, formerly Scotland’s representative in Washington DC and a senior civil servant in the Scottish Government, will lead the Loch Lomond Steamship Company as it enters the next stage of a £7m journey to get the Maid of the Loch sailing again. 

“Our aim is to restore the Maid of the Loch as a fully operational paddle steamer with all the economic benefits that it will bring to Loch Lomond and to Scotland,” he said.

“She is a national treasure with a fascinating history and an important place in Scotland’s rich maritime history.  When fully restored and operational, the Maid will be a huge visitor attraction for Loch Lomond and the surrounding area.”

He added: “Having raised £1.9m to date, the challenge for the charity now is, by fundraising nationally and internationally, to recreate an authentic 1950s cruising experience, surrounded by world class scenery on the bonnie, bonnie banks.

maid-of-the-loch“Fully operational, the Maid of the Loch will create at least 25 jobs and attract an additional 95,000 visitors a year to Loch Lomond, a significant economic bonus to local communities and businesses.  This is a hugely exciting project and I hope it will appeal to friends of Scotland all over the world.”

Malcolm Roughead, chief executive of VisitScotland, said: “I’m sure Robin’s vast experience and international connections will help ensure the project is steered to a successful conclusion.”

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