The Magician by Joe Etheridge from the North East Meccano Soceity
The North Eastern Meccano Society (NEMS) was founded by the late Frank Beadle in 1975. Frank placed an advertisement in the Northern Echo, inviting people with an interest in Meccano to phone him. The result was the first meeting on the 5th. March 1975

By October NEMS staged our first ever display of models in a large window of the Nationwide Building Society in Darlington. None of the models were shown working, as the window was left unattended, this display lasted for one week. The press saw it and put a large spread in the Echo, and Tyne Tees T.V. got to hear of this display of model this was great publicity for the club.

NEMS now began to make some arrangements for its first exhibition. This was held in the Baths Hall Rooms in Darlington on 11th. December 1976. At this first exhibition we had 56 models. This was our first year and a memorable one and it certainly one of progress, putting the club on the map. The club has now held an annual exhibition in Darlington every year since.
Meccano of Tim Roylance