Battles recreated on a small tabletop miniature scale

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Crowds flocked to the second annual War Torn Weekend to watch a number of miniature recreated battles from throughout history.

The vintage setting of the Spa Complex’s Grand Hall provided an ideal backdrop for the event over the weekend.

It was organised by Scarborough Wargames Club and Gaming Club Network for the second year.

Eric Barnes, of Oakville Avenue, gave a demonstration of his game Witchfinder General. He said it had been presented with the Best Demonstrated Game award at another show earlier this year.

He added: “I brought it out last October and it’s going really well. It’s a really good show and I think they’ve done a great job.”

Organiser Kelvin Pickup, from The Scarborough Wargames Club, said there were around twice as many traders at this year’s event and even more interest in the wargames.

He added: “A minibus full of people has come here from Glasgow. There were 100 people through the door in the first 40 minutes. We seem to be doing quite well with the traders.”

Mr Pickup said that the finals of a national wargames competition will be held at War Torn in Scarborough.

One group, from the Guards’ Club in Birmingham, put on a massive demonstration game of the second days of the Battle of Gettysburg from the American Civil War.

Club member Peter Hakesley said it would take the whole weekend to complete. He added: “I’ve been a member of the club for over 30 years and some for over 40 years. Every week we play with toy soldiers.

“This show is not too bad– the venue is lovely – and its nice to have daylight. A lot of these events are in dark sports halls.”