Christmas is just around the corner and the high streets will no doubt be packed with busy shoppers looking for that perfect gift.
As the big day approaches, there are always those friends or relatives that people have a mind blank when they think of what to get them. Unfortunately a pair of socks or underwear probably won't cover it this year and people will need to get creative with their purchases. Model railways can provide the perfect gifts for men and women of all ages and even be a gateway for children to learn more about the golden age of steam.
This weekend (December 7th and 8th) sees Poynton, east Cheshire, play host to The 2013 Model Show. This event has been constantly expanding ever since its inception and this year proves to be no different. It is back, bigger and better than before with a whole host of layouts and models that can provide inspiration for a special Christmas present for a loved one.
Poynton Leisure Centre on Yew Tree Lane will be the site of this year's celebration of model railways and will cover an impressive 9,000 sq ft. Collectors will be coming from all over the country to meet with fellow enthusiasts and can explain how people can the best out their own set ups. This can range from adjusting the gauge of track used right through creating a scenic backdrop for their trains to run through.
There will be some special guests making their appearance at the Poynton as The Model Show proudly welcomes the National Association of Road Transport Modellers, SCALE 148, the Scalefour Society, Etherow Boat Club, the 2mm Scale Association and the 009 society. These are just a handful of some of the top modelling clubs that will be available for people to discuss which are the best products to purchase.
Exhibitors will also be able to give demonstrations of their latest models in a specially designated 'stewards zone'. This will allow people to get a first hand look at some of the latest products in action and it will also be the return of a popular exhibit. Ray Slacks Bodmin proved a big hit at the last Model Show and organisers are already anticipating eager interest in the displays. Officials are imploring all visitors to the show to ensure that they do not miss one of the highlights of the weekend.
Christmas can be a stressful period ensuring that everything is in order so taking a break and visiting The Model Show can provide some light relief from the busy high street. It is can also be an inspiring afternoon if people are able to find that one present that will provide the centrepiece for a friend or relative.
The fun kicks off on Saturday between 10:00 GMT and 17:00 GMT while on Sunday the show will be closing at the earlier time of 16:30 GMT. Prices are £5 for adults with accompanied under 18s being free of charge. Uniform ID UK Forces and Service Personnel cost £3.50.