A tug boat that played a crucial role in the Second World War is returning to her birthplace to take pride of place in a heritage museum.

A tug boat that played a crucial role in the Second World War is returning to her birthplace to take pride of place in a heritage museum.

The tug boat Wey will be displayed in the Stacey Hill Museum in Milton Keynes after 70 years on the River Thames with the Environment Agency.

The boat was built in the 1920s by the Hayes family shipbuilders, to which the Stacey Hill Museum is affiliated, and was bought by the Thames Conservancy in 1935 to help with the original Thames Inspection Scheme.

During the Second World War the Wey did her bit for Britain when she was commandeered by the Ministry of Transport to take fuel from Sunbury to Richmond, where it was passed over to London tugs for delivery to the bombed capital.