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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 47 model boats and ships ranging from dinghies and yachts, fishing boats 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 and lifeboats not surprisingly came out on top with getting the nomination going to Ray Stockley’s large model of an ‘All Weather Lifeboat’

Tim Pearce the club’s Vice-Chairman said “We had more visitors than usual and made approximately £50 which will go to the lifeboat in addition to £200 we raised from the sale of a late members model boats and tools”.

The Heron Model Boat Club 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”.