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  1. My Dad loves to model ships and in 1953/54 he went into the Hobbies Model Shop on Saint Paul's Parade and purchased a kit of the Royal Prince, which cost him £2 and spending that got him into trouble! When he had finished building it, he entered it into a competition at the Hobbies & Craft Exhibition held on the 21 April to the 24 April 1954. He thinks this was connected with the Hobbies Shop itself. He was awarded a certificate to say his ship had been award second prize for Fretwork. I have the certificate, but it's in a glass frame which sends it out of focus on the scanner. However it does say it was run by the Sheffield Society of Aeromodellers! Which is odd for a ship to win a prize! Later in 1958 he was working at Hatfields and they were putting on an arts and crafts exhibition and asked employees to bring anything in that they had made. The photograph below shows some of the item's and my dad's ship, with the directors and the Lord Mayor and his wife, in the Dining Room at Hatfields. I believe it might have been a newspaper photo as it's the size they used, but there's no stamp on the back, so it could have just been a Hadfields photograher that took it. My father says it would have won the first prize in 1954 had it not been for the son of the Hobbies Shop manager entering, who of course won!
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