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>> Home > Forum > Hobby Chit Chat! > Leicester boating water.
Leicester boating water.
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Colin H.
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Forum Posts: 408
19th Mar 2018 21:47  
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Hi all, if any of you fellow modellers are from Leicester I would like to know if anyone still sails in Abbey Park. Back in the 1950's &60's my Dad and me used to sail there, larger models we took on the river down by the steps below the waterfall. Small boats on the boating lake avoiding the rowing boats. If any of you do go there I'd love some pictures as I haven't been back since leaving in 1966. BTW is Rushey Mead school still on the Melton road.
Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
glyn44
(Chief Petty Officer)





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8th Apr 2018 11:13  
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Hi Colin,
I’m in Leicester. I think that the boating like is only used for special model shows/occasions. I fairly certain that it is not used by any club, on a regular basis.
Yes, the school is still on Melton Rd, now an academy of course. Certainly much larger than it used to be.


Let's sail in calm waters
kmbcsecretary
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 211
8th Apr 2018 16:35  
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kinglear mbc now sail at the watermead park


Former tug nut now switched to sail because of health
Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 408
10th Apr 2018 21:52  
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Thanks glyn44, your reply was most welcome. I went to abbey park all the time as a kid, my uncle built the ride on railway there. Does the Leicester show still take place on the park each year, I haven't been back to Leicester since leaving in1966.
And I started senior school in 1960 when Rushey Mead first opened as a boys secondary the girls were about a mile away. The school was surrounded by open wasteland and allotments. And regularly got cut off by floods.
Thanks for the memory revival, Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
glyn44
(Chief Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 24
12th Apr 2018 14:39  
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I can see you haven’t been back for ages, I think the last show on the Park was about 1955 ish!


Let's sail in calm waters
Colin H.
(Fleet Admiral!)





Forum Posts: 408
12th Apr 2018 19:18  
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The last show I was at was 1965 at which I was selling ice cream alongside the Bailey bridge erected by the TA for each show. I did this in 1963/64/65. I worked for Mr Softee ice cream in my school holidays. Got me into the show for free. My sister did the same in 1970/71/72.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.
DimReaper
(Petty Officer)





Forum Posts: 6
14th Apr 2018 17:17  
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Hi Colin
There is still a club sailing model boats on the lake, although they have a dedicated body of water for this now, sorry but i can't recall the name of the club,

Regards Steve

Colin H.
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Forum Posts: 408
14th Apr 2018 20:56  
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Thanks Steve, I've managed to locate one of my old school mates that boated with me when we were kids. And we are going to get together in the summer and go boating and fishing again just like our school hold. It's been 54 years since we last met, he says some of the old crowd are still in touch so we may have a reunion party.
May be old and silver haired but not dead yet. Cheers Colin.


Fair winds and calm waters,
COLIN.