Cash boost for pier restoration

Phase Two of the restoration of Queen’s Pier in Ramsey will soon be underway thanks to a grant from Manx Lottery Trust. 

£50,000 has been awarded to Queens Pier Restoration Trust from the Dormant Assets Fund, which is being distributed by Manx Lottery Trust on behalf of Isle of Man Treasury. The Victorian Pier, which was constructed in the 1880s and opened in 1886, was built as a deep-water berth for shipping. It closed in 1991 due to a lack of funds required for its restoration. 

In 2017, after years of consulting, fundraising, and campaigning, the repair of the pier got underway with Phase One – the restoration of bays one-three – commencing. After a massive community effort, including the sponsorship of decking planks, Phase One is now complete. This milestone was commemorated with a celebratory opening ceremony on 22nd July when Sir Richard Gozney, then Lieutenant Governor, officially cut the ribbon. 

With 60 bays in total, the Queens Pier Restoration Trust is restoring the pier bay-by-bay and the grant from Manx Lottery Trust will cover the costs of materials for a bay on Phase Two of the project, including steel, wood beams and railway sleepers. 

Graham Curphey, Treasurer and Trustee at Queen’s Pier Restoration Trust, said: ‘We are very pleased to be awarded a grant of £50,000 from Manx Lottery Trust. This is a marvellous and very generous award which will fund a bay on Phase Two of our restoration. On behalf of the Trust, we offer our sincere thanks to the Manx Lottery Trust.’

Sarah Kelly, Chairman of the Manx Lottery Trust, added: ‘It’s a pleasure to award this grant to such a worthy community project. The restoration of Queen’s Pier will benefit the whole Manx community as well as visitors to our Island and we are excited to watch the project progress over the next few years.’ 

To find out more about the Manx Lottery Trust Dormant Assets Fund, please visit: www.mlt.org.im/grant-programmes

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