A glimmer of hope. As I said the NW group is pretty well supported, and I am never certain which group I'm chatting to at exhibitions as they all seem to help each other.
There was a TV program a while back talking about the concept of a new 2nd British city, and the idea of a linear city between Liverpool/Manchester and Leeds was a very strong contenter, with Hebden Bridge as its centre point. In effect an inverse city with countryside in the middle. Many people actually commute from the centre to the outside, in both directions, and the idea of a linear city is not new as apparently Los Angeles is an example.
Despite the banter between Lancashire/Yorkshire, people up here actually work very well together. It is more likely local politicians stirring it up for their own benefit. My wife won't allow me to have any Tour de yorkshire/France items in the house though, and the T shirt my daughter bought me has been exiled to France
. Would not have been so bad if the Yorkshire part was on the back not the front as it could have been covered up.
I remember something called 'Purely Narrow Gauge' but not sure it was up here. I did exhibit over in Porthmadoc only a few years ago, and that was using a similar title. It was only narrow gauge anyway. If it had been in Preston it must have been early as I moved up here in 88, and only made a few family trips up north before that dating back to 83.
Hopefully the OO9 event could be a springboard for a new event in NW, even if it has to be part of a bigger show (Manchester?). Christopher Payne has proved this concept works well, and I think it was popular at the York exhibition.