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Saturday, June 8th, 2013

Celebrations have started on Merseyside to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the inventor of Meccano, Hornby trains and Dinky toys.

A four-day festival starts later celebrating Liverpool-born Frank Hornby, who is buried in the churchyard of St Andrew’s Church, in Maghull.

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Hornby first made the metal construction set toy Meccano in a one room factory in Liverpool in 1901.

The first Hornby festival includes a play and a Hornby exhibition.

A lecture celebrating Frank Hornby will take place at the Museum of Liverpool while elsewhere in England there is a Frank Hornby Week which started on Monday at Brighton Toy and Model Museum.

Search engine Google is also marking Hornby’s birth with a Google Doodle.

The Rector of Maghull, Canon Nick Wells, who is based at St Andrew’s, had the idea to celebrate Hornby’s birth two years ago after finding a large model Hornby railway in his father’s house.

He said the idea crystallised when he looked at Frank Hornby’s birth date while viewing his grave in St Andrew’s Churchyard.

The festival starts with an opening ceremony at 19:00 BST in Maghull Town Hall.

Meccano was created when Hornby made a mini-construction kit for his sons Roland and Douglas.

The toy crane, made out of perforated metal strips, could be dismantled with the parts

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