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PREPARATIONS are well under way for the inaugural South Coast Ship Show, which will be held in Portsmouth next month.

The show, which will be held at the Holiday Inn, has been fully booked by traders and exhibitors, and the organisers, Hampshire-based Mainline & Maritime Ltd, are now planning for a larger event in 2013.

The event intends to celebrate the area’s maritime heritage with displays and traders covering maritime modelling, art, photography, memorabilia and publishing, together with information on a number of relevant maritime societies in the area.

Organiser Iain McCall said: ‘When we announced the show, we hoped that it would be embraced by the maritime community on the south coast. We are both overwhelmed and delighted with the response from traders and exhibitors, both local and national.’