The Great Get Together 2013
Saturday 29 June 2013
Royal Artillery Barracks
This event, coinciding with Armed Forces Day, took place on a very sunny Saturday at the end of June in the Royal Artillery Barracks in Woolwich.
Arriving shortly before 9:00am I found myself in a queue of traffic waiting to get vehicle access to the site. Eventually persuading the security guard that I was an official exhibitor I was in and quickly found Frank Paine setting up his display and laying out the tablecloths. We had been allocated ample table space in a spacious marquee in the arts and crafts area, but everything seemed quite disorganised. However we eventually managed to get power and chairs delivered. I do wonder if the organisers had hired a generator for us at short notice — it was massive and way beyond our meagre needs.
Having set up our displays we readied ourselves for the public to arrive from 11:00am, and arrive they certainly did. By lunchtime there were thousands circulating amongst the many stalls, displays and attractions and we were collectively kept busy demonstrating our models, answering the usual — and some unusual — questions from the public. There was no rain and we were blessed with good sunshine most of the day.
Chris Fry chats with John Gay about his models
There was much else for the public to see and do including:
- Drawing, designing and making music in the craft area
- Birds of prey, owls, parrots, farm animals and a mini zoo complete with python and meerkats
- Animated tyrannosaurus rex (well, it was a man in a rubber suit, but very entertaining)
- Live music on stage
- Fairground rides
- Trapeze acts
- Military hardware, bands and demonstrations
- Red Devils parachute display
Some of Chris Fry’s models
By the time the event closed at 6:00pm I was quite tired — it had seemed a very long day, but also very worthwhile, and we had handed out a lot of publicity flyers for our October Meccano Show.
Given a similar opportunity to participate I would recommend getting involved.
Francis Paine’s vast display always pleases the crowds
- Tim and Felicity Surtell: The Spanish Knight, Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, The Lighting Leap, Maraca
- Chris Fry: Konkoly Meccanograph MK1, Piper Cub Aeroplane, Digger, Dragster, Triumph TR3A, Centre Lathe, Flat-bed Lorry, Motorcycle, Sports Car, Double-acting Ratchet Mechanism
- Chris Warrell: 0–6–0 Tank Locomotive, 3 Robots, Clockwork Walking Machine, Bicycle, 3-wheel Scooter, Bugatti in blue and gold, 0-Gauge Breakdown Crane, Perrier Water Bottle, Drum Kit
- Francis Paine: Motor Chassis, 4-stroke Engine, Tower Bridge, Ferris Wheel, Stationary Engine, Historical Sets 0 and 4a
- Douglas Windibank: Two Bi-planes, Red Arrow, Tank, Field Gun, 6-wheel ATV
- Peter Clay: 0-Gauge Railway Crane, Buggies, Safari Jeep, Konkoly Crescent Graph, 3-way Drive Mechanism, Magnifier
- John Gay and Cathy Claydon: Beam Engine, Bren Gun Carrier, K2 Army Ambulance, Armoured Vehicle
You can see more photos from the Great Get Together in our Facebook album.