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In pictures: Families going nuts for Ironbridge Meccano event

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It's the toy that has introduced generations to the basics of engineering - so what better place to hold a Meccano event than in the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution.

Ironbridge's Enginuity has been hosting Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society's Meccanuity exhibition this weekend.

The event, which began on Saturday and finishes today, has featured an eye-catching display of large and small working Meccano models. Large quantities of Meccano parts have also been available for youngsters to create their own wonders and creations.

Traditional models on display have included giant cranes, live steam engines, pattern-drawing machines, fairground rides and clocks. Also at the event have been the latest programmable robots from Meccano, or Meccanoids, the largest being about four feet tall.

The Meccanuity Challenge this year was the "relay race" when clockwork or electric Meccano vehicles were used in teams battling for the gold trophy during yesterday afternoon.

Speaking on Saturday, David Bradley, who is chairman of Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society, said: "It is going very well.

We must have about 50 exhibitors here and we have quite a huge variety.

"We have got a Land Rover theme this year and some people have built their own model Land Rovers. I would say there are about a dozen of those.

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"I think the largest display this year is the railway one which I estimate must be up to 20 feet long.

"The feedback we get is very positive. People either love Meccano or laugh at it. The people that love it are the ones that enjoy coming here to view the models. A lot of children are into computer games which are mainly about destruction, but the thing with Meccano is that it's about creating something."

Mr Bradley has been a member of Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society for about 20 years and became chairman in January.

"I was nine when I started becoming interested in Meccano. I am a vehicle builder myself. The society currently has about 80 or 90 members all together. A lot are retired engineers and servicemen," he added.

Now in its 15th year, the exhibition has grown to become one of the biggest in the country.

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