Saturday 20th April will see the third annual Model Railway Exhibition at The Youth Centre, organised by the Rotary Club to raise funds for the Smile Train charity which operates throughout the third world to carry out surgical procedures on young children with facial deformities.

The Model Railway Exhibition will feature 17 working layouts in a variety of scales from “Z” to “0” some of which will be travelling from as far away as Welshpool and Scarborough to attend the event. Many of layouts are being shown for the first time whilst others are firm favourites on the local exhibition circuit.

For the younger enthusiast a Thomas the Tank Engine and a special extensive LEGO railway has been arranged.

For modellers in all scales, there are layouts from a variety of periods from the grouping to modern image, based on locations from the North East to Europe and Japan.

Trade stands from six of the very best local traders will be present selling the latest releases from the major manufacturers, kits, diecast models, books and a wide range of second hand models.

The railway preservation movement will be represented by displays from the Weardale Railways, the Durham Locomotive Preservation Group and Kirby Stephen East Railway.

Tefreshments all day, a raffle and a tombola stand and this year’s event is being sponsored by Sabre Rail the Aycliffe based railway engineering company

Free all day parking is available at St Mary’s R C Church. (opposite Tesco) Full disabled access available to the exhibition which is open from 10am to 5pm.

Entry is £4 for adults, £3 for concessions, 50p for children (3-15) under 3’s free For further details  ring John Burrows on 07870-210269 or email jandeburrows@tiscali.co.uk