Posted: 03/12/2021 09:42:20

As part of The Tall Ship Glenlee’s 125th celebrations the Clyde Maritime Trust welcomes the support of Elaine C Smith as the real-life figurehead for the charity after the ships own ‘Mary Doll’.

The historic vessels carved figurehead was named ‘Mary Doll’ during the restoration, when the Clyde built ship was brought back to the Clyde in the 1990’s, after the character played by Elaine in the hit Scottish comedy show Rab C Nesbitt.

National treasure and panto star Elaine C Smith, who is currently playing the Fairy Godmother in Cinderella at the King’s Theatre, has added her support to the Trust that cares and runs the Glenlee for the benefit of all to enjoy and learn through its unique maritime heritage.

Elaine said.

“It is just wonderful. This fantastic organisation restored the Tall Ship, a charity, that worked tirelessly for over 20 years. I didn’t really know it was happening but apparently the nickname as they were restoring the figure Mary Doll which seemed appropriate for a ship berthed here on the Clyde.”

“It is quite an iconic landmark in Glasgow so I feel really honoured and privileged. Also that a character, written by the wonderful Ian Pattison, he created Mary Doll, it really such a great legacy to have, especially here just across from Govan.”

The ship is a great learning tool next to the transport museum and a resource for everyone is fantastic. We need to learn from history and if we don’t learn from, you don’t know how to embrace the future.”

The iconic Glaswegian actor helped spread some magic and help welcome a special cake designed by Bakery students from the City of Glasgow College ahead of 125th celebrations on the 3rd of December.

Paul Little, Principal and Chief Executive at City of Glasgow College, said:

“I am delighted that our talented NQ bakery students have created such a magnificent cake to help celebrate the Tall Ship’s 125th anniversary. Our College has a well-established and productive partnership with Clyde Maritime Trust which this valuable student work experience opportunity underlines. On behalf of us all at City of Glasgow College, I wish the Glenlee a very happy anniversary.”

Colin Botfield, Chair of the Clyde Maritime Trust said.

“It’s brilliant to have Elaine onboard as the figurehead for the Trust today, although getting the cake onboard maybe a bit harder, it’s ginormous!”

“We are very excited to be able to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the Glenlee and look forward to thanking all those who have helped in the ongoing restoration and maintenance of this historic ship. Between the trustees, volunteers and staff they have all worked tremendously hard over the years to ensure we have this iconic visitor attraction, maritime museum and unique venue space.”