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The 2024 NDMRS Show

This year's show was held, as usual, in Bangor Grammar School. On this occasion it happened over the last weekend in March before Easter. There were around 80 layouts, displays and tables for model railways, figures, cars, trucks, aircraft, boats, farms, dolls houses, card gaming, building kits, paints etc. There was a flying show with drones, radio-controlled rally cars and trucks plus lots of places where visitors could get their hands dirty building, painting and using their imagination! Trade stands were selling everything needed for your modelling hobby and specialists were there showing how they did it. It was a fun weekend for all the family.

Here are some photos from the biggest model show on the island: 

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Ards and North Down Lady Mayoress Jennifer Gilmour, and her daughter Elizabeth, meet with NDMRS Honorary Secretary Mark Kernohan and Exhibition Manager Ellen Dickson.
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Now. Watch how I do it.
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Ards and North Down Lady Mayoress Jennifer Gilmour meets Les Conn, creator of 'Road Runner', and his wife Leanne.
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Young NDMRS member Oliver Greer brought his first ever layout to the show. Here he is with Lady Mayoress Jennifer Gilmour, her daughter Elizabeth, and his sister Sophia. Sophia is also a member of the club.
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Lady Mayoress Jennifer Gilmour and Ulster Model Railway Club member Roy Thompson  admire Gordon Hunt's wonderful depiction of 'Donaghadee.'
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NDMRS members David Blachford and Trevor Lemon take a well-earned break.
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Refreshments for the weekend were supplied by Last Lap Café. Co-owner Paul Cumiskey keeps an eye on things.
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This picture shows the Atrium of the school and this is where the action started. Further fun was to be had in the Library, halls one and two where most of the model railway exhibits were and the gymnasium which hosted the indoor flying display and radio-controlled cars and trucks.
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In the library you could find the compact 'O' gauge layout 'Dargle Road' created by NDMRS member Ken Vernon.
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Newtownards-based Northern Card Gaming were well represented at the show. Their members demonstrated and taught a range of skills and hobbies including trading card games, model making, role playing games and kit building together with associated paints and accessories.
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North Down MP Stephen Farry gets all the information from NDMRS Exhibition Manager Ellen Dickson about the work that goes into setting up and running the show.
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NDMRS Chairman Tom McKee, Exhibition Manager Ellen Dickson and Honorary Secretary Mark Kernohan with Ards and North Down MLAs Andrew Muir and Connie Egan.
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