Maghull Hornby Festival goes well and goes Down Under!

The first thing to say is a big thank you to the organising committee for an excellent 5 days of festivities from 15th to 19th May – a good job well done and hopefully to be repeated year on year.

Secondly, thanks to the Aintree and Maghull Champion for their excellent coverage. I must admit that in these days of sound bite news I feared a single photo and a few lines but the paper and of course their ace local reporter Jim (The News Hound) Sharpe did the festival proud.

But what about Down Under? Well this goes back some time to when out of the blue an Australian chap called Glenn Ball contacted me after reading about the Frank Hornby Trust from a posting on this web site. He was in the process of researching an article for The Australian Hornby Collector magazine and together with my chums at the Trust we furnished him with information and photos about Frank Hornby and the activities of the Trust.


Then a few weeks ago a large envelope arrived from Australia and inside was the March edition of the magazine which Glenn edits. And a good read it has been too but it still surprises me to pick it up and see photo’s that I took of our previous exhibitions at Maghull Town Hall published in an Australian magazine.


In return I have sent Glenn a copy of the Maghull Hornby Festival’s commemorative booklet together with cuttings from the Champion.

So that’s how the Maghull Hornby Festival has gone Down Under.

Frank Hornby Trust

Trust Chairman Les French always goes the extra mile to try to promote the Maghull based Trust and its works but his latest idea is BIG indeed.

Remember that TV series of a couple of years ago when that chap from Top Gear presented a number of programmes all about famous kids toys? Well one of those programmes was about Meccano and an eccentric bid to use it as the building material to create a bridge over the Leeds Liverpool Canal on Liverpool’s waterfront.

Now, who but Les would be doing all he can to get his hands on that very Meccano bridge for display in the Frank Hornby Heritage Centre within Maghull’s Meadows Leisure Centre? Yes, that’s exactly what he is doing!

Let’s hope he is successful because Les always puts Maghull first.