MODEL RAIL EXHIBITION IS GREAT SUCCESS
Around 800 people filled The Centre in Birchington on Saturday to enjoy a model railway exhibition celebrating the 150th anniversary of trains arriving in the village.
Vistitors flocked in as soon as the doors opened to enjoy 13 model layouts, built in a range of scales by local enthusiasts and club members, as well as seven trade stands. Birchington Heritage Trust also displayed old railway photos from its collection. Outside, youngsters were also able to enjoy rides on a miniature railway operated by Frank Norton and a team of fellow enthusiasts.
The event, organised by the East Kent Model Railway Society on behalf of Birchington Parish Council, also saw announcement of the winners, and presentation of prizes, in the Trains In Focus photography competition.
This attracted dozens of entries in three classes and prizes were generously donated by Hornby Hobbies, SouthEastern Trains and Crampton Tower Museum, Broadstairs.
Parish Council Chairman Cllr Jack Cohen said: “It was a fantastic day for all concerned. The turnout was unbelievable and everyone I have spoken to has said how much they enjoyed themselves.”
EKMRS Chairman Nick Evans said: “We were bowled over by the attendance and there was a lively atmosphere with so much to see throughout the day.
“As I was taking down direction signs along Station Road, a lady stopped me and asked if there would be another exhibition next year as she hadn’t had the chance to get to this one!
“There certainly seems an appetite to hold one in 2014 so we will be discussing that over the next few weeks.”
Winners in the Trains In Focus competition were:
Adult winner Philip Knowles, Whitstable
Adult runner up Alan Cox, Westgate
Highly Commended Rita Knowles, Whitstable
Highly Commended Sarah Scott, Westbrook
Highly Commended John Tearle, Ramsgate
Highly Commended Jeff Shalloo, Herne Bay
Special prize for best set of photos: Paul Norris, Birchington
Youth winner: Louisa Webb, 16, Birchington
(no other prize in this class)
Children’s winner Jack Brown, 5, Margate
Children’s runner up Thomas Reed, 8, Birchington
Highly Commended Phoebe Appleby, 5, Birchington
Highly Commended Matthew Taylor, 4, Margate
The competition was judged by Nick Evans, Cllr Jack Cohen and Mike Pearce, former Editor of the Isle of Thanet Gazette – and columnist.