Bob’s Ferry Heritage Group received a boost to their fundraising with a £1,000 contribution from Alstom and DF, consortium partners for the construction of Carrington Power Station.
This year sees the 44th anniversary of the ferry disaster, which claimed the lives of five local Partington residents. Bob’s Ferry, as it was known, crossed the Manchester Ship Canal carrying workers from Partington to Irlam/Cadishead. In April 1970, the ferry caught fire and five people lost their lives and five others were injured.
The group have been fundraising to have commemoration plaques placed at the beginning and end of Bob’s Lane in Irlam and to seek proper recognition of the bravery of the ferryman that day. They are also planning a memorial cruise along the Manchester Ship Canal.
Rainer Lueoend, Alstom Power said: “When we were approached to make a donation, we had no knowledge of the disaster but soon became aware of how significant this tragedy had been to local Partington families, and so we felt that a donation from the Partington side of the Ship Canal was most appropriate. We have made great use of the Canal in recent times bringing in our gas turbines and generators.”
Dr Ted Walker, Chairperson for the group said “We have been delighted with the level of response to our fundraising activities. People have been most generous, not only with money, but also with their time. In addition to Alstom/DF and our other sponsors (Lanstar, Shell, Trafford Council, Kingsland Wines and Peel Group), we would also like to thank Salford Council and the Hamilton Davies Trust for their help.”
Notes to editors:
In the UK, Alstom has built and now maintains and operates over half the country’s gas-fired power plants, including a 1,650MW plant in Nottinghamshire, a 2,160MW plant in Pembrokeshire, a 900MW plant in Devon and a 1,275MW plant in Kent.
At Carrington, Alstom is responsible for supplying, commissioning and maintaining the power generating equipment, including two gas turbines, two steam turbines and two heat recovery steam generators.
Alstom has been active in Manchester for many years. The Virgin trains that run between Manchester and London were designed and built by Alstom, who now maintain them at a dedicated depot in Longsight, employing around 300 people.
DF specialises in the development of complex, integrated projects such as gas-fired power stations, industrial plants and fuel storage. The company carries out end-to-end project processes that include engineering, procurement, construction, erection, commissioning, operation and maintenance.
At Carrington, DF will be responsible for all the civil works, electrical and mechanical works and the construction and balance of the plant equipment.
The new power station is being developed by Carrington Power Limited, which is owned by ESB.
ESB is the leading Irish energy company and has operations in over 35 countries, including Ireland, the UK, continental Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.