Aln Valley Railway welcomes funding boost and aims to hit the ground running in 2021

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The Aln Valley Railway Trust has welcomed vital funding to help it through the coming months.

The £21,300 grant from the Government’s £1.57bn Culture Recovery Fund is a lifeline for the heritage attraction which has been unable to open this year due to Covid-19.

The funding will be used to help with the overheads of the railway, launching the 2021 season, survey work on the Cawledge viaduct and other maintenance costs.

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Tom Spence, chairman, Aln Valley Railway, said: “This is a fantastic award which will help us through the lean period of this enforced coronavirus shutdown and will help us hit the ground running for our 2021 season.”

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan at the Aln Valley Railway.Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan at the Aln Valley Railway.
Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan at the Aln Valley Railway.

Elsewhere in Northumberland, the English Heritage sites of Berwick Barracks and Etal Castle will receive £60,000 and £16,000 respectively.

National Trust’s Cragside will receive £21,600 and Brinkburn Mill run by the Landmark Trust will receive £43,776.

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Blyth Tall Ships has been awarded £51,400 and the Northumberland Archives at Woodhorn gets £48,100.

Alnwick Playhouse has received £197,688, The Maltings in Berwick gets £230,000 and Hexham’s Queen’s Hall gets £147,563.

The Alnwick Garden was awarded £90,000.

Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan said: “This is welcome news for these heritage sites which are important to our cultural heritage as well as key parts of our tourism offering as a county. I am really pleased they have been able to attract Government funding to help them through these difficult times.”

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