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Market Deeping Model Railway Club featured on TV with Sir Rod Stewart




Singer Sir Rod Stewart has become an honorary member of Market Deeping Railway Club after coming to its rescue in the aftermath of devastating vandalism.

The singer donated £10,000 to help the club get back on its feet after their exhibition was trashed at a Stamford School in May.

On Monday, Sir Rod and club chairman Peter Davies were side by side on the sofa on BBC1's The One Show.

Sir Rod Stewart and chairman of Market Deeping Model Railway Club Peter Davies on The One Show
Sir Rod Stewart and chairman of Market Deeping Model Railway Club Peter Davies on The One Show

Peter said afterwards: "It was truly wonderful to be able to thank Sir Rod in person for donating £10,000 to aid our club's recovery, and to explain our ongoing plans, as well as to thank all those who donated so generously both financially and with donations of stock."

When Peter walked across the studio to join Sir Rod, the pair embraced.

Sir Rod has been a railway fan all of his life, relating on The One Show his disappointment when his father bought him a guitar rather than a model railway.

Every picture tells a story: Sir Rod Stewart with club chairman Peter Davies (left) and the club's Bill Sowerby
Every picture tells a story: Sir Rod Stewart with club chairman Peter Davies (left) and the club's Bill Sowerby

He also recounted how he used to have a second hotel room on tours where he could make model railway layouts.

Sir Rod is the cover story on December's issue of Railway Modeller, which features an exclusive interview with the singer who spent 23 years creating a model of a US city with a railway at its heart.

Peter said: "Sir Rod's own layout is a true example of dedication to the hobby, showing as it does the minute detail he has managed to achieve, not just in running trains but in all the scenic effects he, alone, created.

"It's an inspiration to us all."

Peter Davies and Bill Sowerby in the aftermath of the vandalism (22697750)
Peter Davies and Bill Sowerby in the aftermath of the vandalism (22697750)

Peter gave Sir Rod an honorary membership of the Market Deeping club as a "thank you gift" for his support.

The repair bill following the vandalism was estimated at £30,000 but more than £100,000 - including Sir Rod's donation - was given by model railway enthusiasts at home and abroad.

Donations are being used to restore layouts and to fund youth projects linked to model railways.

A broken locomotive following the vandalism
A broken locomotive following the vandalism

One layout that was smashed up went on display last weekend at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition followings repairs that took 1,000 man hours.

The club is exhibiting at Deepings Community Centre on Sunday during the Christmas market.

Among others donating to the club were the BBC's Jeremy Vine.

* Youths appeared in court following the vandalism.


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