GETTING on track to raise funds for a new building has become a top priority for members of the Fylde Society of Model Engineers.

The group, which runs a model train on playing fields at Marsh Mill Village in Thornton each Sunday, has collected around £8,000 towards its £25,000 target.

The money will allow them to replace an existing garage on the fields which is too small and only intended as a temporary shelter for the group's track and equipment.

Spokesman Eric Clifford explained: "We had the plans drawn up, got them passed and then found we were being quoted around £25,000.

"Ninety per cent of us are retired and there is no chance of doing the work ourselves.

"We asked organisations such as British Aerospace and ICI for donations but they couldn't help us.

"Smaller donations have been sent to us, for which we are very grateful, and there is a box next to our track for passengers to put money in.

"Hopefully we will get there eventually."

Members also take the portable track to various fun days and exhibitions but not all the money can go to the building appeal, much of it is needed for the upkeep of the equipment.

In a bid to boost funds, the society is staging its annual model exhibition on May 10.

On display at Marsh Mill Village will be models and layouts of trains, cars, traction engines and boats.

Trade stands will also be in abundance and train rides are offered to all ages.

The fun runs from 10am-5pm and admission is £1 for adults (50p for children).

Events will be held in the Dance Centre and surrounding areas.

If you can help the society with their building fund Eric Clifford would be pleased to hear from you on 860970.

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