Lowestoft model exhibition hailed as biggest and best yet as two-day event comes to a close
- Credit: Mick Howes
An exhibition which aims to inspire people of all ages to get involved with model engineering and modelling has been held in Lowestoft.
The skill and craftsmanship of local artisans and clubs was on display for the fourth year running at the two-day event organised by the Halesworth and District Model Engineering Society (HDMES).
Once again staged at Lowestoft's Ormiston Denes Academy, the exhibition is growing year on year and saw a diverse range of exhibits filling the school's halls, classrooms and library.
HDMES exhibition committee chairman Kevin Rackham said: 'This is our biggest year yet and we've got lots of different displays we haven't had before.
'The Halesworth club has a phenomenal stand and it's our 40th year this year so we've got a photo timeline over the years from what our site was like when we took it on derelict to what we've got now.
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'And we've already had people who came here as visitors who want to come back as exhibitors next year.'
The exhibition included displays from Harleston Engineering, Ipswich Model Engineering Society, the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers, Southwold Railway Trust and many more, as well as individuals.
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Items on show included model locomotives, traction engines, cars, lorries, model railway layouts, working stationary engines, model boats, fixed wing aircraft and drones together with clocks, science fiction models and steampunk.
Outside, battling the winds, a miniature railway gave passenger rides on the school field, along with miniature traction engines, control line model aircraft and a Blacksmith demonstration by a local farrier for visitors to enjoy.
Proceeds from the event, which took place yesterday and today, will go to Special Objectives for the Local Disabled (SOLD) – a charity based on the South Lowestoft Industrial Estate. It offers disabled people the opportunity to have access to a workshop environment where they can work on their own projects, orders from the project or community schemes. The exhibition has been supporting the charity since its inception, and last year a cheque for £363 was donated from the event.
For more information about Halesworth and District Model Engineering Society, visit www.hdmes.co.uk