A fitting tribute to Malcolm

The late Malcolm Priestman
The late Malcolm Priestman

A WIDOW has paid tribute to the organisers of a model railway exhibition for making it a wonderful tribute to her husband.

Tracey Priestman says she is delighted to see the Hartlepool Model Rail Group Exhibition going from strength to strength.

It was her husband Malcolm who first formed the event six years ago and established it as an exhibition which attracts hundreds of people each year.

But father-of-four Malcolm passed away in September 2008 after losing his battle with cancer at the age of 66.

The current organisers of the exhibition have told the Hartlepool Mail of their plans to turn it into one of the biggest in Europe in memory of the Hartlepool man who originally set it up.

Tracey, 43, said: “I don’t think Malcolm envisaged it would grow to be as successful as it has become but I am delighted to see it happen.

“For Malcolm, it was almost a full-time job and he put so much into it. He would have been delighted and proud himself to see how it has grown in popularity.”

This weekend’s event will be held from from 9.30am on Saturday and Sunday this weekend in the Wynyard Rooms at Wynyard Park with 2,500 people expected to attend.

They will enjoy a display of 23 working model railway layouts as well as exhibition stands, specialist traders and demonstrations.

All money raised will be split between two charities - The Denise Taylor Cancer Trust and the Great North Air Ambulance.

Highlights will include the awarding of trophies including the Malcolm Priestman Memorial Trophy which goes to the layout judged as the best by the public.

For more details, contact (01780) 484630.