Frank Hornby, the gent who bought toy railways, engineering sets and diecast toy cars to the masses, left this world 70 years ago this week on 21st September 1936.
My guess is there will be a toast to his memory both in Liverpool and Margate at some point during the day. And maybe even in Barwell, Beer and Chirk!
If Mr Hornby had not had his eureka moment then arguably Britain would never have had its own ready to run out of the box model railway system and Britain would more than likely have had to rely on supplies from overseas.
As it is Britain now has thriving hobby industry supporting a large number of people supplying a very large number of hobbyists. And all this is down to the seeds sown by Mr Hornby all those years ago!