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Dunkirk rescue boat to get revamp
Medway Queen
The Medway Queen rescued soldiers from France in World War II

Restoration work costing £1.86m has begun in Bristol on a paddle steamer that made its name during the Dunkirk evacuations of World War II.

The Medway Queen brought more than 7,000 troops back to Britain, but her hull is now in need of a total rebuild.

A Heritage Lottery Fund grant will pay for the work, which is expected to be completed by the summer.

The vessel, known as "The Heroine of Dunkirk", has been a pleasure craft, a minesweeper and a floating nightclub.

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