Barley models exhibition goes ahead after floods drama

Stephen Shaw and Tony Titchiner with their scalextric set at the annual exhibition in Barley Village Hall.
Stephen Shaw and Tony Titchiner with their scalextric set at the annual exhibition in Barley Village Hall.

MODELS have proved another big hit at Barley Village Hall - everything from cars and trains and boats and planes to dolls’ houses and steam-powered industrial machines.

Next year, the annual model exhibition will be the twentieth to be held at the hall.

It was lucky that this year’s exhibition was able to go ahead after flooding problems affected the village hall. But restoration work was completed in time.

Mr David Weatherill, a joint organiser of the event for two decades, said: “It was a good weekend this time - as very successful as usual. There were lots of people attending.

“We’ve managed to keep it going despite the flooding problem we had. There was quite a big job as a result of flooding from sewers from the village.”

The hall was hit by the floods and the ground floor had to be replastered and redecorated, leading it all to be refurbished just in time for the exhibition to go ahead.

The event at the weekend and Bank Holiday Monday attracted lots of people. Pendle Scalextric again hosted a model race event which went down well. There were lots of displays of model aircraft by Burnley and Pendle Aeromodellers and samples of dolls’ housing, trains, ships and many other things. There was a trade stall, and a display of buses and lorries by Barrowford modeller Richard Hutchinson for the first time. The industrial steam engine models were also fascinating - they were working actively all weekend.

And the refreshments are also very popular. Mr Weatherill said: “The food went down well as usual with people. It was enjoyed by everyone.”