Video: Impressive matchstick models go on public display in Hildreds Shopping Centre

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A SKEGNESS man’s spectacularly intricate matchstick model collection went back on public display on Saturday morning - after last year’s inaugural charity event proved a huge success.

Derek Johnson wowed visitors to the Hildreds Centre in Skegness with his creations, which range from Tower Bridge to windmills and from Mississippi paddle steamers to helicopters and more.

Derek Johnson with some of his spectacular matchstick models during the fundraising exhibition in the Hildreds Centre on Saturday. Photo by Philip Murray.

Derek Johnson with some of his spectacular matchstick models during the fundraising exhibition in the Hildreds Centre on Saturday. Photo by Philip Murray.

The latest exhibition runs from today (Saturday) until early next week and is being held in memory of Derek’s wife Joy.

All donations received during the event will go towards the Alzheimer’s Society.

Raffles will also be held during the display, with many prizes donated by the local Wilkinsons and other stores.

“Thank you to everyone for your support and to the Hildreds Centre for allowing us to display again this year, and also to Wilkinsons, Skegness for the raffle prizes,” said Derek.

He is hopeful of a bumper windfall for the Alzheimer’s Society. Last year’s exhibition raised over £1,000 and Derek is looking to challenge that impressive figure this time round.