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The Whitstable Lifeboat found itself ousted from its own boathouse to make way for much smaller craft when the Heron Model Boat Club held their annual show at the station on Sunday.

The Herne Bay based club have held the show in the boathouse for well over 20-years and on Sunday around 40 model boats and ships ranging from dinghies and yachts, fishing boats to ferries, merchant ships, warships, tugs and of course lifeboats packed the boat hall.

As with previous years visitors were asked to vote for what they thought was their favourite model with the nomination going to Ray Taylor’s large model of a WWII Liberty Ship’

Tim Pearce, Vice-Chairman of the Heron Model Boat Club said “We had a brilliant day with a constant flow of visitors and no doubt the fine weather brought people to the town. All the model’s on display drew their attention and we even had some visitors from abroad. I think both our members and the public enjoyed the day and judging by the weight of the collecting boxes donations towards the lifeboat have been very good’

‘The Heron Model Boat Club has around 70 members and caters for those who have an interest in all aspects of model boat building, working or static. The club sails two days a week, Wednesday and Sunday, on the freshwater Lake in the Memorial Park at Herne Bay where we hold various sailing events during the season”.

“The club also attend exhibitions and visit other clubs throughout the summer and hold monthly evening meetings from 7.30pm at Hampton Pier Yacht Club from February to November. The club welcomes experienced modellers and beginners alike, all are welcome”.