Sir Rod Stewart donates £10000 to vandalised model railway club
A crowdfunding page to raise money for the Market Deeping Railway Club was set up after its annual exhibition was destroyed by vandals who overturned stands at a school in Stamford, Lincolnshire on Saturday.Market Deeping Railway Club said months of planning goes into the exhibition and that a number of the models on display were “irreplaceable”. The vandals caused £8,500 in damage. He said the club had been overwhelmed with offers of support and thanked well-wishers for their help.Lincolnshire Police were originally alerted to the incident by a local resident who heard noises coming from Queen Eleanor School shortly before 4am.Four youths were arrested in connection with the incident but have since been released on conditional police bail pending further inquiries. Stands which were overturned at the Market Deeping Model Railway Club annual showCredit:PA The original target for the fundraiser was £500, but the club has far exceeded that and has brought in thousands of individual donations.Chairman Peter Davies told the BBC: “Models that were made over years were trodden on and thrown around. It’s a total wanton destruction of the highest order.”I’ve never experienced anything like it. A hurricane would have done less damage.” Market Deeping Model Railway Club was holding its annual show when it was vandalisedCredit:PA Sir Rod Stewart has pledged £10,000 to a British model railway club which was attacked by vanadals at the weekend and urged Jools Holland and Roger Daltrey to join him.The rocker, who like Holland and Daltrey, has his own model railway, said he was “devastated” to hear about the Market Deeping Railway club’s exhibition being trashed by vandals and wanted to compensate those affected.”I was absolutely devastated to hear that vandals had destroyed what was to be a lovely show by the Market Deeping Model Railway Club over the weekend,” he told Press Association.”The collection was priceless and I am donating £10,000 to help compensate those affected and asking fellow enthusiasts Jools Holland, Roger Daltrey and others to do the same.”It took me 23 years to build my model railway so I feel their pain.”The railway club, which was attacked by vandals on Saturday morning, has also received over £50,000 in public donations from around the world. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.