Frank Hornby Trust – Meet the author

We had a Frank Hornby Trust meeting last week and Jim Gamble came up to Maghull from Nottingham for it. Jim wrote the definitive book about Frank Hornby some years ago and I managed to track down a second hand copy not so long ago.

Whilst we were waiting for the meeting to start in Meadows Leisure Centre a library assistant came up to me and asked whether I, as a local councillor, would have my photo taken reading a book so that the library could use it to promote its work. I said fine, add me to your rouges gallery. The next issue was what should I be reading? The assistant suggested a book about Frank Hornby and popped off to get one.

What did she bring back but Jim Gamble’s book! And what she didn’t know was that the author was actually in her library! So I said why don’t we have the author in the photo as well? A stunned look came back when I pointed Jim out and asked him to join me.

Jim Gamble and me 20 01 15

So the library got its photo but one with a famous author as well as a minor local politician and it is all the better for that I think.

And now for a real Boys Toys moment! Here is a shot of Frank Hornby Trust Chairman, Les French, looking all excited at a new Meccano set he has been presented with. One of our trustees restores old Hornby items and makes them as like new as possible. Les is certainly pleased with this one, indeed he looks wide eyed just like a kid on Christmas morning!

Boys Toys!

The photos are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/

Maghull – Meccano Town – Hornby put it on the map

It is probably true to say that few people living outside of Maghull know much about the Town but with all the publicity in recent years about Frank Hornby, the world famous toy maker, living there it is possibly ‘on the map’ now more than locals may think.

One aspect of Frank Hornby’s work was inventing Meccano in additional to his model railways and Dinky Toys. Here are some shots of some great models made from Meccano which were displayed at various Maghull exhibitions organised by the Frank Hornby Trust in recent times:-

rsz_meccano_1

rsz_meccano_2

rsz_meccano_3

rsz_hornby_11_12_2

Jim Gamble of Nottingham is the world’s expert on Meccano and some of the models above are his.

The photos above are amongst my Flickr shots at:-
www.flickr.com/photos/86659476@N07/