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Coronavirus: Market Deeping Model Railway Club show cancelled for second year




A model railway club which hit the national headlines when its annual show was wrecked by vandals has been forced to cancel again.

Following a flood of sympathy and support from the public - including more than £100,000 in donations - Market Deeping Model Railway Club planned to hold a ‘bigger and better’ two-day event in May at Stamford Welland Academy.

But following Government advice issued on Monday, the club members decided they couldn’t go ahead.

Market Deeping Model Railway Club has had to cancel its show for the second year in a row
Market Deeping Model Railway Club has had to cancel its show for the second year in a row

Chairman Peter Davies said despite the second setback, they were “not a group of people that would lay down and give in”.

The club is refunding ticket sales and will instead hold the show on May 15 and 16 next year.

“We hope it will be ‘third time lucky’ for us,” said Peter, 71, a retired school teacher who discovered a love of model railways as a boy.

Sir Rod Stewart and chairman of Market Deeping Model Railway Club Peter Davies on The One Show(22519671)
Sir Rod Stewart and chairman of Market Deeping Model Railway Club Peter Davies on The One Show(22519671)

“Members can’t meet in our clubhouse at the moment because some are self-isolating, so instead we’re launching a cyber version.

“Each week we’ll dial in by Skype and this will be a chance for people to show and talk about different parts of their own model layouts at home.

“Our cyber model railway club is a means for us to keep in contact with members, because a hobby like model railways can be an important social link for people.”

Peter added that self-isolation might also have one benefit for model railway enthusiasts. “Our layouts at home will see more work on them getting done than they have seen for years!”

Eddie Adams, Mick Quinn, Mick Allman, Colin Brown, Peter Davies and Bill Sowerby
Eddie Adams, Mick Quinn, Mick Allman, Colin Brown, Peter Davies and Bill Sowerby

He said: “We have to keep cheerful, and make sure we can still ‘meet’ as a club, even if it is over the internet for now.

“Model railways are an absorbing hobby, and therefore perfect for time having to be spent at home.

“It’s not a stressful pastime, so it can be good for mental health, and being able to create something is quite satisfying.”

Dave Hildred working on a model railway for a children's group
Dave Hildred working on a model railway for a children's group

He added that anyone - especially those in self-isolation - is welcome to join in Market Deeping Model Railway Club’s new cyber meeting at 7.30pm on Mondays by finding Peter on Skype using his identification: Petera2s

Further details about the club can be found on its website.

The club has also had to cancel its April exhibition at the TC Harrison Ford dealership in Stamford.

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