Published: 19 September 2006 at 12:47
The TOLLESBURY GRANARY project by the Mid Essex Historic Buildings Trust (MEHBT) received a surprise publicity boost when HRH Princess Royal visited the Listed Building which was featured recently on BBC RESTORATION – VILLAGE.
HRH Princess Royal was attending the 70th anniversary celebrations of the Tollesbury Sailing Club when she extended her visit with an in-depth tour of the granary with Anglia Ruskin University’s Dr Alan Coday, Project Organiser.
Dr Coday said:
The Tollesbury Granary project came second in its ‘heat’ of the Restoration Village programme but attracted over 20% of the votes. 2.5 million viewers watched the first transmission and a further 1 million watched the second showing of the programme. In total, over half a million viewers were in support of the £250K project which belies the fact that the village only has 4000 residents.
The granary enjoyed huge publicity following the BBC programme but could not complete with the £9 million project proposed by the Hampshire fine art gallery bid that beat it in its heat. The Mid Essex Historic Buildings Trust is now engaged in the task of securing funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, European Marinas and Yachting (Maya) funding and from local sponsors and businesses.
For more information and details of how to sponsor this community based Visitor Centre, see www.MEHBT.org.uk