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1988: The First "Highcliffe Show"
In 1988 a letter (right) was sent to members asking for exhibits to be shown at a Model Boat Exhibition at the Greystones Community Centre, Highcliffe, on Friday 5th February 1988. This was the first "Highcliffe Show" which now take place annually in support of the RNLI. There was a report on the 1988 show in the Evening Echo (Bournemouth) on the following Friday which is reproduced below along with the accompanying text....
"SEA-LOVERS and landlubbers got together in Highcliffe for an exhibition of hand-crafted model ships.
More than 50 vessels were on show at the first-ever Solent Model Yacht Club exhibition at Greystones House, Highcliffe.
From Humble tugs to liners, and from battleships to submarines, the craft were displayed in all their splendour.
But it was the liner Sea Princess which scooped pride of place. It took more than 4,000 hours to perfect over a period of three years.
And for the local man who made it, the only chance to get the detail just right was to take a Mediterranean cruise on the actual ship.
A seven-foot submarine also held a special place for visitors to the exhibition.
Mr. Bob Jeffries said: "It has given us a chance to show off our handiwork and get together. We all get a lot of satisfaction working with our hands and making something."
Others on show included paddle steamers, barges, and speedboats. The model section of the Solent Radio Controlled Model Boat Club meet at Setley Lake on Thursday and Sunday mornings to test their boats.
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