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