A NEW plaque at a historic boat building yard marks the launch of a scheme recognising Maldon and Heybridge as a 'Heritage Harbour'.

Maldon and Heybridge has been designated as a Heritage Harbour as part of a national joint initiative.

This initiative proposes historic ports and harbours in the UK become officially recognised as heritage harbours, and ensures they are thriving for future generations.

The first Maldon and Heybridge Heritage Harbour Association plaque was revealed at Cook’s Yard on Saturday.

These plaques will be used to designate all historical buildings and vessels within the bounds of the Heritage Harbour. 

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The Heritage Harbour stretches from Beeleigh Abbey to Colliers Reach near to Osea Road.Cook's Yard was used by Thames sailing barges from 1894, and today by Topsail Charters.

Lord Lieutenant of Essex Jennifer Tolhurst spoke at the launch as patron of the association.

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She said: “I would just like to thank all those who are involved with this project.

“I dare not pick out anybody individually for fear of missing out key people but there is one person to whom the scheme owes a great deal and who very sadly died during the pandemic.

“That is Dr Andrea Raiker, an academic with a passion for this project.

“She is sadly missed but there is great enthusiasm for the project amongst the rest of the team which is marvellous.

“I hope the presence of the plaque will help remind visitors and the people of Maldon about the wonderful history of this town and be an inspiration for young people to keep the traditional crafts going and celebrate yours and our heritage.”