Model club holds largest exhibition to date with over 200 visitors enjoying Beccles display

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

Over 200 visitors enjoyed the third annual open day and exhibition held by the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The event was the group's largest to date with the use of a third room at the at the former St John Ambulance Hall in Beccles allowing space for even more exhibits.

Held on Saturday, there were 13 model railway layouts on display with some visiting from Sussex, Essex, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire plus trade stands and societies including the Southwold Railway Trust.

The group held its annual challenge competition which was once again judged by members of the public. The challenge was to build a rail served building with a fully detailed interior. And for the third year running, Graham Watling won with his 009 scale 'Shed of the Dead' entry. Jim Bamber was runner up with a 009 'carriage repair workshop' and Stuart Hughes was in third place with his Gn15 'garden building'.

Group member Richard Doe said: 'The event was a great success with 234 people visiting which equalled last year's total.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan


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'For this year's show the group had added a third room for exhibits making it our largest show to date and we have received positive feedback from our visitors.'

Refreshments were also provided by members of the Great Yarmouth Brass Band, and Mr Doe thanked them for their help.

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The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers formed in March 2014 and the group is made up of railway enthusiasts that have an interest in creating models of the smaller size railways like Southwold railway and Ffestiniog railway.

Members meet monthly to show their latest projects and to socialise, and also hold regular 'running days' when they display the layouts that they have built or are working on.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The group usually holds its monthly meets at Barsham Village Hall, and the next one is planned for Monday, April 3, from 7pm to 10pm.

For more information visit the group's website at http://nsngm.org.uk, contact Mr Doe on 01502 471760 or email nsngm@yahoo.co.uk.

•Are you organising a special event? Email the details to bbj.news@archant.co.uk or call 01502 715674.

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Du

The Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers group hold their annual exhibition. Picture: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

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