GALLERY: Annual model show in Skegness attracts kids of all ages

Caroline Vickers and Charlie Vickers 6 of Alford  at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-15 ANL-170627-132525001
Caroline Vickers and Charlie Vickers 6 of Alford at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-15 ANL-170627-132525001

Hundreds of working Meccano models went on display in Skegness at a three-day exhibition over the weekend.

Once again the Embassy Theatre played host to the International Meccano Model Show, now in its 36th year.

Roger Upson-Smith of Ipswich with his Red  Arrows at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-11 ANL-170627-132458001

Roger Upson-Smith of Ipswich with his Red Arrows at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-11 ANL-170627-132458001

The exhibition was organised by the North Midlands Meccano Guild and remains ‘THE show’ to visit for enthusiasts.

Around 2,000 people were expected to see the work of the Meccano modellers, who had come from as far away as South Africa, Canada, France, Germany and Holland.

Organiser Marion Cotterill said the first show was organised by her husband Michael, who remains the Guild’s president.

She said: “Although the overall footfall was not as good as we had hoped we had a lot of families on the Saturday and children were able to build their own models, which was very popular.

Colin Bull of Southampton with his Boeing 777   at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-14 ANL-170627-132511001

Colin Bull of Southampton with his Boeing 777 at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-14 ANL-170627-132511001

“It was nice to see them leaving with little packets of Meccano when you think these days children spend a lot of time on their computers.”

The competition for the best model was won by Andy Knox from the Midlands with his Ball Roller.

Melanie Manning and Sarah Stubley with George Stubley, 3,  of Boston at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-18 ANL-170627-132549001

Melanie Manning and Sarah Stubley with George Stubley, 3, of Boston at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-18 ANL-170627-132549001

Les and Anne Nightingale of Bolton with their Meccanograph at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-21 ANL-170627-132617001

Les and Anne Nightingale of Bolton with their Meccanograph at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-21 ANL-170627-132617001

Brian Gulley of Somerset with his US Army battle tank at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-23 ANL-170627-132636001

Brian Gulley of Somerset with his US Army battle tank at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-23 ANL-170627-132636001

Ian Mordue of Durham with his German material handle at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-26 ANL-170627-132705001

Ian Mordue of Durham with his German material handle at the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-26 ANL-170627-132705001

Bradley Smith, 17, and Jackie Smith looking around the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo:  MSKP-250617-31 ANL-170627-132738001

Bradley Smith, 17, and Jackie Smith looking around the Meccano Show at Embassy Theatre in Skegness. Photo: MSKP-250617-31 ANL-170627-132738001