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We've just returned from a very enjoyable weekend showing Dduallt at one of the local exhibitions, in Troon, organised by the Kyle MRC.
As you might imagine one of the big topics of conversation in the hall was the heartbreaking news spreading online about the vandalism attack on the show organised by the Market Deeping club at a local school.
One of the most interesting aspects for me - and I'm going to be a little controversial here - is the way so many people have responded by donating money through a crowdfunding appeal.
Putting it very bluntly: it's not about the money.
It's about decades of passion and dedication which have gone into creating these models.
It's about time - and the one thing money can't buy is time.
It seems to me that more and more these days our first reponse to distressing events is to set up crowd funders - to reach into our pockets and donate money.
Do we do it to make ourselves feel better, I wonder?
Don't get me wrong, I have every possible sympathy for the people whose models were wrecked in that mindless, pointless act of stupidity, but I'm concerned that some people may be lulled into thinking that money is the way to fix it.
Perhaps my response is conditioned by being a scratch and kit builder?
If our fiddle yards were filled with ready-to-run stock then maybe I'd think differently, because I'd know that I could go out and buy replacements and the only limiting factor would be what I could afford.
But for us, and our layouts, it's different.
We built Dduallt over 25 years ago, and building all the stock has been a continual labour of love through that quarter of a century.
It is genuinely priceless.
Perhaps what's been nagging away at me this weekend is worry that all the people clicking the 'donate' button, and adding a few more pounds to the total - which stands at over £41k as a write - might not always be thinking deeply about what's been lost, and what it represents.
This article first appeared on bronhebog.blogspot.com
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