Tyne and Wear HER(17066): Newcastle, Exhibition Park, model yacht club - Details
Newcastle, Exhibition Park, model yacht club
Formed in 1882. Its 1894 boathouse survives in the park, but the club ceased to function in 2007. Weed and silt in the pond prevented sailing. At the 1929 North East Coast Exhibition there was a 'straight running' competition. Powered model boats were set off, one at a time, towards a target, gaining points for accuracy. The introduction of radio control allowed the boats to be navigated around a series of hazards.
Lynn Pearson, 2010, Played in Tyne and Wear - Charting the heritage of people at play, p 162