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The 1996 Highcliffe Show
The Scale Section of the SRCMYC holds an annual show in Highcliffe in aid of the RNLI. One of the first of these charity shows was held in 1996 in the Methodist Hall, Lymington Road, Highcliffe (where it still takes place to this day). The report was in the Evening Echo (Bournemouth) on Thursday March 14th, 1996.
The text of the newspaper article says:
FISHING trawlers, submarines, and lifeboats were crammed into a church hall to help raise money for the RNLI at the weekend.
More than 40 intricate model boats, painstakingly made by members of the Solent Model Boat Club, were on show at the Methodist Hall in Lymington Road, Highcliffe.
Richard "Harbourmaster" Graham said: "It can take up to two years to make a model boat. Most boats are fully radio controlled although some are electric or steam driven. We sail them on Setley Pond, near Brockenhurst, every Sunday. Last year we raised £550 for the RNLI and although none of the boats on show is for sale, we rely on people making donations."
Richard is called the "Harbourmaster" because he constructs a miniature harbour on Setley Pond every summer.
He said: "We build boats because it's pure enjoyment and provides an escape from our everyday jobs. A trawler I recently built is worth £800 but I wouldn't sell it for anything." The club, which has 50 members, is always looking for new recruits....
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[1996 Highcliffe Show]