Model rail enthusiasts enjoy great exhibition

Leo and Tilly Raishbrook from Midhurst at the 31st annual Modellers show
Leo and Tilly Raishbrook from Midhurst at the 31st annual Modellers show

AN ANNUAL modelling exhibition demonstrated record-breaking layouts, and attracted enthusiasts who flocked to the Grange Leisue Centre on Sunday.

The 31st annual modellers show was a ‘great success’ with 70 exhibitors attending this year.

Among those taking part were the Liphook and District Model Railway Club,which pulled out all the stops this year and exhibited six layouts, some of which have been built in the last year. There were other displays from clubs and societies of railway layouts, working engineering models, and Meccano, boats and planes.

Mike Boyce, centre manager at the Grange, said: “It was a brilliant day and the weather held out for us.

“A lot of input goes into ensuring the event runs smoothly and meets the demands and expectations of the visitors.

“I certainly feel we did that and the show was a resounding success. We did have the added challenge of reduced car parking this year and my thanks go to Leadbitters the builders for allowing us to utilise the service road to the new centre and their staff car park for additional parking.”

Tony Bettger, treasurer of the Liphook and District Model Railway Club, said: “Our members have supported the event for most of the 31 years and it was thought appropriate in approaching the club’s Golden Jubilee that it made a special effort to show its members work.”