Model rail vandalism victims to bring display to King's Lynn
A group of railway enthusiasts, who made worldwide headlines when their exhibition was smashed by vandals last month is bringing a display to Lynn.
More than £100,000 was donated to the Market Deeping Model Railway Club following the destruction at an event in Stamford in May.
Now, the group, whose story was featured on the BBC's The One Show last night, is preparing to take part in the King's Lynn Model Railway Club's exhibition, which is due to take place at Lynnsport next Saturday, June 22.
Lynn club chairman Leigh Bagshaw said that, although one of the layouts the group had been due to display was damaged in the Stamford incident, all were determined to continue with the show.
He said: "It was a terrible thing that went on but we decided we were going to push on."
Thousands of wellwishers from all over the world, including singer Sir Rod Stewart, made donations to the Market Deeping club following the incident on May 18.
Their exhibition manager, Bill Sowerby, said they had been inundated with offers of help both immediately after the incident and since the broadcast.
They are also in the process of setting up a new trust in an effort to encourage young people into modelling.
Speaking during an exhibition in Leicestershire at the weekend, he said: "The support we're getting has been overwhelming. It's amazing how the modelling community has rallied round."
And Mr Bagshaw hopes the publicity they have had in recent weeks will encourage more people to come to his group's third annual exhibition.
He said: "The first year we held our exhibition at the Gaywood Community Centre and had abour 470 people over one day.
"Last year at Lynnsport we were down to about 400 people though it was a hot sunny day."
The exhibition is on from 10.30am to 4.30pm next Saturday. Admission is £5 for adults, £2 for five to 16-year-olds and free for under fives.