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Miss Pick Up fundraiser takes off with £29,400 target met

By Louise Glen

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Sea plane lifted out of water at Temple Pier Loch Ness...Picture: Gary Anthony..
Sea plane lifted out of water at Temple Pier Loch Ness...Picture: Gary Anthony..

A fundraiser set up to pay for emergency repairs to a WW2 fighter has surpassed its target.

The campaign was launched after engine failure grounded Miss Pick Up in Loch Ness, the only remaining flying Catalina in the UK.

The Catalina Society set an ambitious target of £29,400 – which it reached yesterday.

In a message to supporters, volunteer Matt Dearden said: "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

"We can’t thank enough, everyone who’s donated to our plight to rescue Miss Pick Up from Loch Ness. The response has been overwhelming and has really buoyed our team on to continue on with the work.

"Today was another big, and expensive, day removing the damaged engine with another crane from Stoddart Crane Hire which will now be stripped of all its ancillaries over the next few days.

"These will then be transferred over to the replacement engine before it is lifted into place on the aircraft, hopefully next week.

"From everyone on site in Loch Ness and from the whole of the Plane Sailing team: thank you."

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