Trains, planes and automobiles…and a lot more at Lochaber Model Show

LOCHABER MODEL SHOW 4/5/19 Eighty year old John Wade from Duror exhibited his hand built model of Paddle Steamer Glencoe. The model is complete with Captain on the bridge. ladies in Crinellin dresses, Minister delivering a sermon in the stern and cargo of a bull on the foredeck. The original ‘Glencoe’ built in 1840 plied a route from the Crinan Canal through Loch Linnhe, serving small communities until it was scarpped in 1931. PICTURE IAIN FERGUSON, THE WRITE IMAGE

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As well as trains, planes and automobiles, this year’s Lochaber Model and Craft Show boasted scale creations of everything from a paddle steamer to earth-moving equipment.

And the variety of displays on show across the 130 tables that filled Fort William’s Nevis Centre on Saturday certainly proved a hit, according to organiser Robert Wilson, from near Roy Bridge.

‘This year was the fifth time we staged the show and I reckon there must’ve been between 500 and 600 people through the doors on the day,’ he told us.

‘It was really well attended with a lot of very positive feedback. We had modellers from as far afield as the central belt, Stornoway and Caithness.

‘We also had crafts such as candles, jewellery and the always popular home baking.’

This was the second year the show had used the Nevis Centre. Last year the event saw more than £1,000 donated to Lochaber Mountain Rescue Team.

This year, money will be distributed to four local charities, once it has all been totalled.

Mr Wilson added: ‘The show’s not about making money – we just want to put on something for the public we think there is a need for.

‘And if we can encourage a few more youngsters to think about taking up modelling and not sitting in front of a computer so much, then all the better!’