16th June 2007 - Exhibition
This year we were pleased to welcome back to the show the two other local groups (Suffolk and North Essex, Clacton and District), along with Carol and Ray Hansen who brought along a range of items from the 'N' Gauge Society second hand shop. (Congratulations to Ray who had just been awarded an MBE in the Queens birthday honours list for his community service work.).
In total we had 6 working 'N' gauge layouts, including a new hands-on layout the group had built for children. Trade support this year was again from Scograil who also brought along a layout as part of their stand. We also had a display of a partially constructed module, a side show of module images, and display of garden railway narrow gauge stock.
The groups modular layout has now grown to such a length it would no longer fit as a straight run, hence was operated as a 'L' shape for the first time. This did show up a few problems, mainly around the difficulty of keeping track of trains moving around the layout.
Visitor numbers were well up on previous years. Whilst we had improved our advertising a little this year, we obviously benefited from passing trade of extra people in town for the French street market, being held the same day. The result being that we were able to make an increased donate to the Methodist church.
We are already starting to plan for next year, where we hope to have the first showing of a couple of new layouts currently being constructed by group members.
Finally the group would like to thank all the exhibitors and traders for there support and of course to all our visitors.
Images of the day;