The Thames Sailing Barge Trust wins Restoration Award for ‘Pudge’

The restoration of Pudge, a 1922 Thames Sailing Barge, has led to the Thames Sailing Barge Trust (TSBT) being announced as a winner of a Restoration Award at the National Transport Trust’s (NTT) annual awards.

Eighteen awards were presented, across a wide variety of projects and covered both individual and group efforts. The Award was presented to Steve De la Salle representing the Trust by the NTT’s Royal Patron, Anne, HRH The Princess Royal at a ceremony held in the Railway Museum at Fawley Hill

The National Transport Trust is the only national body which promotes and encourages the preservation and restoration of Britain’s transport heritage in all its forms – road, rail, wings and water.

NTT Awards Director Paul Brook commented: “Thames barges have been a back drop of the Thames for hundreds of years, and have inspired artists, writers, and photographers, through the ages. With so much fine work done already, the Trust is keen to see Pudge become part of the vista once more. For our part, we are delighted to be able to provide support to this worthwhile and worthy project by way of a National Transport Trust Restoration award.”

The Thames Sailing Barge Trust would like to thank the National Transport Trust for this prestigious award.