(Public Exhibition, 26/05/02)
(MBF West Midlands Area attending) (2/3)
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|Moving the event from the Bank
Holiday Monday to a Sunday did not
put people off exhibiting, as was first
thought. In fact it went the other
way, and this year's event was bigger
than last year's, both in display
numbers and MBF Area attendances.
No less that nine MBF Areas were represented with displays of all descriptions, and many familiar faces were also spotted during the day. A total of 37 tables in all, were taken.
Models on display included Eric Nixon's Aldershot & District, which travelled all the way from Hampshire and Ian Laws, with his display of Manchester vehicles, came from Bolton. Richard Calvert joined us for the second time, from Yorkshire, and Arfon Owen, and his son Dylan, who brought along some of his fire engine collection, and Gordon Braithwaite, all came across the border from Wales, with their collections. Dave Evans brought along his work from North East Anglia.
Two kit manufacturers had examples of future models on display for scrutiny. Paul Gallier (PSG Models) brought his Mistral Coach and, turning the clock back a few years, was John Clarke (Lancer Models) who had the next release in his Midland Red range, the S6. Even at this early stage it looks like two more excellent kits will soon be hitting the market.
The show opened at 11:00 and the steady stream of visitors throughout the day meant that there was a constant 'buzzing' till the doors closed at 5:00. All in all, it seemed that yet another good day was had by all, with much interest already being shown in next year's event.
Many thanks to the team of volunteers at the museum for all their hard work behind the scenes that enabled us to 'commandeer' the display hall for the day.
Mike Wilson, Area Secretary