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Second blow for Bluebird project
Mr Smith and the remains of Bluebird.
Bluebird is being kept in a garage on North Tyneside.
A bid to restore Donald Campbell's Bluebird has suffered another setback after a second bid for financial support was rejected.

Bill Smith, the underwater surveyor and amateur diver who discovered the wreck, wants to restore it for display in the Ruskin and Coniston Museum.

The Heritage Lottery Fund says there are too many question marks for them to hand out 600,000 needed for the work.

Mr Campbell was killed when Bluebird crashed on Coniston Water in 1967.

The boat has had more successes than failures and that's how we want it remembered.
Bill Smith

He was trying to break his own world water speed record.

Mr Smith says he will not give up his bid to return Bluebird to its former glory.

He said: "The plans for the craft have always been made by its owners, the Campbell Family Heritage Trust. What they don't want to see is a macabre wreck displayed.

"The boat has had more successes than failures and that's how we want it remembered.

"The plan, as hatched in 2001, was to rebuild Bluebird to its original condition and run the boat on the lake again in a sort of triumphant homecoming event.

"In the meantime the boat remains in storage. It's kept in the cold, dark and dry, and it will sit here until a proper decision is reached."

Mr Smith says if the lottery continue to reject his bids for funding, he may have to look for private investment.

Bluebird is being kept in a garage on North Tyneside.


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