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Grantham team competes on TV's Great Model Railway Challenge




Grantham modellers will appear on TV this weekend in Channel 5’s Great Model Railway Challenge.

Three modellers from Grantham will take part in Saturday’s final heat of the TV competition. Team Muddle and Go Nowhere, under the captaincy of Matt Jarvis, were given just three days to create a layout depicting the theme of “The skies the limit”.

Matt was joined by his daughter Lucy and Phil Armstrong from Grantham, along with Chris Simmons, Jonathan Ward and Helen Burrows – all from Coalville in Leicestershire. Confusingly, there’s another team in the heat called Team Grantham, but they are from the North East and don’t have a direct connection with the town.

Team Muddle Go Nowhere are, from left, Chris Simmons, Helen Burrows, Lucy Jarvis, Matt Jarvis, Phil Armstrong and Jonathan Ward. (18322226)
Team Muddle Go Nowhere are, from left, Chris Simmons, Helen Burrows, Lucy Jarvis, Matt Jarvis, Phil Armstrong and Jonathan Ward. (18322226)

Matt said: “We decided on building a layout on another planet for our entry. We wanted to create a really visually appealing layout with lots to see and plenty of animations – and it certainly stood out! Sharp-eyed viewers might already have seen a preview of the layout, as it featured in some of the trailers as well as the opening credits for earlier episodes.”

The layout made by the Muddle Go Nowhere team. (18322423)
The layout made by the Muddle Go Nowhere team. (18322423)

Of course, Matt won't reveal how the team did on the recorded show, but he says it’s an episode with plenty of surprises.

The team has put together a website with plenty of photos and information about the layout and the filming. It can be found at www.mgnr.uk

The layout is now in the care of new Grantham model railway shop Rocket Railways, based in the Maltings on Springfield Road, and will be exhibited at its open day on October 26, from 9am until 5pm.



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