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TOY MUSEUM OPENS AT BEALE PARK

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 August 2012 | UPDATED: 21:45 20 February 2013

We had one of those little tills! Did you?

We had one of those little tills! Did you?

New attraction features toys from the 50s, 60s and 70s

Beale Park, at Lower Basildon in Berkshire, is set to re-kindle visitors love for their forgotten toys, while introducing the next generation to the marvels of playtimes past, with the opening a new attraction called Treasured Toys a toy museum, featuring toys from the 50s, 60s and 70s.

The brain child and creation of Bob Leggett, a Toy Specialist with SAS Auctions in Newbury, the museum officially opened its doors on Wednesday, 15August; welcomed by Park Director, Nick Bailey and Chairman of the Trustees, Richard Howard, who have worked closely with Bob to create a village scene with a row of shop windows, one from each decade, which transport you back in time.

Bob says My aim is to give visitors a glimpse of the past. Many of the parents and grandparents accompanying children into the Park today will be the very children who had hours of endless fun playing with the toys which are now on display.

He continued, By creating this display we are encouraging people to share their fond memories and to show their children the items they used to play with. I really want them to say,' I had one of those'! Most of the toys on display are best sellers, so the majority of people will recognize something from their childhood.

Toys have changed considerably over the years, as has our attitude and approach to them. In the 50s and 60s most children only received toys as birthday or Christmas presents. So, it is no surprise that yesterdays children treasured their toys hence the museums name Treasured Toys.

Those visiting the museum will come face-to-face with some classics, including: miniature household items such as washing machines and Hoovers from the 50s, Sindy - the stunning brunette - accompanied by Action Man from the 60s, and, of course, there is the train set and the Scalextric which featured on every boys Christmas list!

Populargames are also on show with Magical Robot, Monopoly, Blow Football, Table Tennis, RiskCluedo, Railroader Mousie Mousie, Escaladoand Totopoly; not to mention the TV related games such as: Supercar, Thunderbirds and Watch with Mother, and there are construction toys too - Meccano from the 50s and LEGO from the early 60s.

Nick Bailey, Park Director, said, The museum is a great addition to the Park and will add another dimension to peoples visits. We all love to reminisce and this is a great way to encourage people to share stories and experiences amongst families and friends.

Entrance to the museum is included within the normal ticket price to Beale Park which is open daily from 10am to 6pm.

For further information visit: www.bealepark.co.uk, www.bealeparkboatshow.co.uk

Beale Park is part of the Child Beale Wildlife Trust, a registered Charity caring for rare and endangered birds, animals and plant life.

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