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Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Show

Early morning rises were the order of the day on Saturday the 5th March for about half a dozen of our members who were heading south to attend the 2016 Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club show held as usual at the National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire.

Fortunately it was dry and the roads were not to busy so despite the usual stop at the “Rooster” in Penrith, most arrived at the show before 11am. In previous years I can vividly remember having to drive through a snow blizzard on the M74.

The venue for the show the National Waterways Museum, is just off the M53 for Chester and is ideal as it is easy to find, with plenty free parking just next to the site. The museum is made up of many buildings, situated on the Birkenhead side of the River Mersey, just where the Manchester Ship Canal enters the river. The original purpose of the site, was a Trans shipment dock where goods arriving from all parts of the world, were transferred from deep sea ships onto narrow boat barges, to be delivered throughout the English canal system.

The centre piece of the show, is the boat clubs model harbour and Vanguard at Ellesmere Portdock complex, which is set up in one of the canal locks in the centre of the site. All visitors who brought their own boats, are welcome to sail and tug tow in this area. Throughout the day, many types of tugs and vessels were in action. Short sailing trips on a narrow boat are also available.

One of the main attractions of the show every year is the Bring and Buy sale, which is located on the ground floor in the large warehouse adjacent to the model dock.

I am not aware of any of our members breaking the bank this year but Chris and his dad managed to sell a couple of their tugs for fair prices.

All the traders at the show were located on the floor above. Although not as many as in years past Component Shop, Models by Design, Mountfleet Models (Under New Ownership) Action Electronics, SHG Model Supplies and Chylds Hall Model Shipyard were all in attendance and seemed to doing a fair trade.
The other local boat clubs, were all located in various other three story warehouses on the other side of the site across the locks and some excellent models were on show, the winner being a large model of the WW2 USS Arizona.

There were a few changes to the show this year, as the management of the museum had changed a few things, and very sadly the previous show organiser from Ellesmere Port Model Club the much respected Mr John Hughes had passed away. As a result, there was no night sail on the Saturday evening, not as many traders attended & there was a shortage of trolleys to transport heavy boats from the car park and the restaurant catering was not as good as it had been in previous years. However this was still a good show overall and the members present from our club that I spoke to all enjoyed their weekend or their trip down on the Sunday. As the Ellesmere Port Club continue to support us at GRMBC it would be sad if this show is not supported by us in the future

Murray M. Wilson Vice Chairman GRMBC.
GRMBC 2016