Help rescue an old lady of the sea

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GENERATIONS of Sheffield holidaymakers have taken a pleasure ride aboard her.

Add to that number the countless sea anglers from the Steel City who have clambered aboard in the hope of catching something to take home for supper.

Now, as the Three Brothers sailing coble approaches her 100th birthday, a society set up in Bridlington to save her is appealing to people in Sheffield for help in keeping this unique old lady of the sea afloat.

The Society has chosen June 17 to celebrate the event and is asking the public to pay for her refurbishment.

The estimate for repairs is £45,000. A grant application has been submitted to the Fisheries Local Action Group with the possibility of a 60 per donation. But the Society needs to find the other 40 per cent before the restoration go-ahead can be given.

Society spokesman Mike Wilson said: “We need to raise a breathtaking total of £54,000.

“We have already received many generous donations but need more - many, many more.”

The Society is appealing directly to Sheffielders who know the Three Brothers.

Mike added: “We need help. We have neither the wisdom nor experience to know how to find this money, nor the physical bodies to carry out any of the required work.

n Donations can be made by cheque - payable to BSCPS - and sent to BSCPS, Harbour Office, West End, Bridlington, East Yorkshire YO15 3AN or via PayPal to the Treasurer at michael.wilson@tesco.net.

Everyone who donates over £25 will receive a certificate.