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Building up Meccano's fan base at Telford museums

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It has stood the test of time and while toys have come and gone, and the computer and electronic era has transformed our play and our hobbies, Meccano remains a firm favourite.

Magnificent Meccano models were on show in Telford this weekend, with an exhibition by the Telford and Ironbridge Meccano Society at the Blists Hill Victorian Town.

The event was held in the railway goods shed at the museum.

Meccano was patented by Frank Hornby in 1901, at the end of Victoria's reign.

Showing that Meccano is far more than a children's toy, members displayed their fabulous creations, including clocks, cranes, bridges and working steam engines.

David Bradley with his model at the display

Visitors young and old were able to make models on Make It tables and they marvelled at the models made by the society members.

Chris Instone, society member, said their was one hiccup when four or five people who booked tables failed to take along their exhibits.

He praised members who took along extra models to help fill the tables.

"Fortunately, at least some of the gaps were occupied by some models built on the day, thanks to several builders, both old and young, members and not," Mr Instone said.

The society holds four shows a year, the other three at Enginuity. The next event is on November 5.

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