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How we started

This is part of an article and picture that appeared in the Grimsby Telegraph in April 2009

How we Started

All aboard as model club sets sail

Members of a new model boating group want your help to make their idea float

Richard Barber from Grimsby has got together with about 17 other enthusiasts to form The Cleethorpes Model Boat Association

Richard (58) said they were looking to take the membership to 25

“ As we head towards Summer we will getting together every Tuesday and Thursday evening from 5pm to dusk

“We always get a lot of attention from members of the public who come along to look at the variety of boats that we have

This year we have been given permission from Resort Manager Rob Chalmers to use Cleethorpes Boating Lake”

It was after spotting such a group when he was younger that he got interested in the hobby

“Many years ago I used to walk around the Boating Lake and see people sailing their model boats and thought to myself “I would like to do that”

I went to a shop, Marine Models at Caenby Corner, bought my first boat and that was that”

Richard has a metre long Sea Wind yacht and two model wartime Dusseldorf firefighter boats in his collection

He said enthusiasm is high among the members which include former trawlermen and members of the merchant navy – and the hobby drew in people from youngsters to pensioners

They are always making up model boats. Being part of a group like this allows you to get involved with like minded people and swap tips” he said.