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Titanic II is set to make a monster of an appearance in Loch Ness and the Highlands, tin boat visit is part of an epic charity fundraiser


By Val Sweeney

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Major Mick takes to the waterways on his epic journey of the UK.
Major Mick takes to the waterways on his epic journey of the UK.

A homemade boat of tin, known as Tintanic II, is set to arrive in Loch Ness and Inverness later this month as part of one man’s epic charity fundraising journey of waterways around the UK.

Retired Scots Dragoon Guards Major Michael Stanley, known as Major Mick, is set to visit Inverness Rowing Club on August 30 and Dores Inn the following day.

The 80-year-old, who is raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK, rowed 100 miles on the Chichester Canal during last year’s lockdown in the original Tintanic – constructed from two sheets of corrugated iron – to raise more than £44,000 for his local hospice in Bosham.

He was inspired to take on a new challenge in the new and improved Tintanic II after seeing Alzheimer’s disease effect friends and family.

“I am impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of the staff at Alzheimer’s Research UK who work tirelessly to raise money to support crucial research in our universities, hospitals and research laboratories,” he said.

“Last year showed us the importance of the incredible work that UK scientists, doctors and researchers are capable of, and with your support we can make a difference, to find a cure for this distressing condition and the diseases that cause it.”

He set from Henley on Thames in May and arrived in Scotland last week. He will visit Rosehall in Sutherland on August 27.

To donate, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/majormick-tintanic

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