Narrow Gauge North, a model railway exhibition, is an annual event that was first held in 1994 at Lawnswood School in Leeds. It was organised by members from a number of model railway societies with the intention of raising funds for the local hospice - Wheatfields.
Narrow Gauge North continued to be held at Lawnswood School until the demolition of the old school building in 2003.
Narrow Gauge North then moved to it’s current home at Benton Park School in 2004, where, with the invaluable assistance of the school staff and supporting teams it continued to grow and thrive to become an acknowledged national event, attracting visitors from all over the UK and in some cases the world, with approximately 1,000 attendees each year. With this ongoing support Narrow Gauge North has been able to raise over £100,000 for Sue Ryder Care - Wheatfields Hospice. Narrow Gauge North 2014 was the 21st Show arranged by the group - raising £5,200
The ability and willingness of the school site team to work closely with the members of the Narrow Gauge North group in previous years has been instrumental in the planning and success of the event. Whilst their involvement has not required any significant amount of time, it has required clear and open channels of communication.
Unfortunately the events of the past three weeks have illustrated that the new school team are unwilling and/or unable to continue to provide the necessary support for the Narrow Gauge North event.
Whilst we received confirmation by email from the school that full support would be provided as in previous years, subsequent telephone calls led us to believe that this would not be the case.
It is therefore with deep regret that we have taken the decision to cancel Narrow Gauge North 2015.
Many thanks to all those who attended Narrow Gauge North 2014. This year we have raised £5,200 for The Sue Ryder - Wheatfields Hospice in Leeds.
The provisional date for Narrow Gauge North 2015 is 14th March 2015.
We hope you enjoyed this years show, a selection of photos taken during the day can be found on the Gallery page.
We look forward to seeing you again next year.
The Narrow Gauge North team.