All the fun of the fair – in miniature – at toy gala

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IT’S amazing what can be created out of a few pieces of metal plates, nuts and bolts.

With a bit of imagination and lots of tenacity, great things can be made from Meccano – as a toy fair in Denmead proved.

Andy Ripley  from Portsmouth with a double Ferris Wheel made just with Meccano  ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1178)

Andy Ripley from Portsmouth with a double Ferris Wheel made just with Meccano ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1178)

The centrepiece of the fair was a replica of the Blackpool Tower, complete with lights and sound.

Another toy was a spinning fairground ride based on an attraction at Clarence Pier in Southsea.

It was the handiwork of Andy Ripley, 40, from Baffins, who spent a year making the replica ride.

‘It’s a lot of trial and error to build it,’ he said.

TOY FAIR DENMEAD    (JT)    MRW    11/10/2014''With something to please the young and the old and all those in between The Denmead Toy and Collectables Fair held at All Saints Church in Denmead proved to be a great success ''Louie Ripley (6) from Portsmouth with a WW1 tank made by his father ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1188) PPP-141210-001208003

TOY FAIR DENMEAD (JT) MRW 11/10/2014''With something to please the young and the old and all those in between The Denmead Toy and Collectables Fair held at All Saints Church in Denmead proved to be a great success ''Louie Ripley (6) from Portsmouth with a WW1 tank made by his father ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1188) PPP-141210-001208003

‘I like building things and I like fairgrounds. We go to a lot of steam rallies and take our models there.’

It is the second year the classic toy fair has been held at All Saints Church Hall, Hambledon Road.

A large selection of jigsaws were on display.

One stallholder was Bill Cunningham, 77, from Portchester.

TOY FAIR DENMEAD    (JT)    MRW    11/10/2014''With something to please the young and the old and all those in between The Denmead Toy and Collectables Fair held at All Saints Church in Denmead proved to be a great success ''Bill Cunningham (77) from Portchester with a model of a Harley-Davidson Sportster''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1199) PPP-141210-001106003

TOY FAIR DENMEAD (JT) MRW 11/10/2014''With something to please the young and the old and all those in between The Denmead Toy and Collectables Fair held at All Saints Church in Denmead proved to be a great success ''Bill Cunningham (77) from Portchester with a model of a Harley-Davidson Sportster''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1199) PPP-141210-001106003

He has amassed a collection of more than 200 badges, as well as a range of military Meccano kits.

He said the Fred Dinenage badges were the first to go.

‘They went in the blink of an eye,’ he laughed.

The event raises money for church funds and some of the money will go to charity. Last year more than £1,500 was raised and it is hoped this year will beat that.

TOY FAIR DENMEAD    (JT)    MRW    11/10/2014''With something to please the young and the old and all those in between The Denmead Toy and Collectables Fair held at All Saints Church in Denmead proved to be a great success ''Event organiser Stuart Cleaver (68) with his 1928 Ausatin 16/6 Holden Tourer......'NOT FOR SALE' at The Toy Fair !''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1221) PPP-141210-001117003

TOY FAIR DENMEAD (JT) MRW 11/10/2014''With something to please the young and the old and all those in between The Denmead Toy and Collectables Fair held at All Saints Church in Denmead proved to be a great success ''Event organiser Stuart Cleaver (68) with his 1928 Ausatin 16/6 Holden Tourer......'NOT FOR SALE' at The Toy Fair !''Picture: Malcolm Wells (142860-1221) PPP-141210-001117003

Bernard Parsons, one of the organisers, said: ‘The models are an attraction, but a lot of jigsaws and stamps have gone.’