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York MRS 2012 (Includes Mike Cook tributes)





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#1 john new

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 13:52

It is with the deepest sadness that we have to report that our long time Show Manager, and the founder of the York Model Railway Show, Mike Cook, passed away peacefully in his sleep last night. The condolences of all involved with the York MRS organisation go out to all his family and close friends, Mike will be deeply missed by all who knew him both in the model railway community and within the many other activities he had been a part of over his lifetime.

With regard to the 2012 Show all arrangements are well in hand and the Show will proceed as planned. We hope you attend next year's 50th event which will now be even more of a tribute to Mike Cook's great input to our hobby over his lifetime.

So long Mike, you were a good friend to me and many, you will be greatly missed. RIP. John New. Webmaster

A temporary change for any emails related to the Show has been added to the YMRS contacts page.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 13:55

Sad news, RIP Mike.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 14:01

Our sympathies. RIP.

#4 Eaton

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 14:11

Very sad news. Please pass on our heartfelt sympathy to his family from all those at Wigan FRM. He was simply a legend and the York Exhibition is very much his legacy. He will be greatly missed.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 14:12

Sympathies to all family and friends.

Only a couple of weeks since my last communication with 'the Headmaster' seemed he was looking forward to next years milestone event, so sad he didn't make it...

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 14:30

Sorry to hear it and sympathies to all concerned. For many years York was the only show I found attractive enough to make the long trip north worthwhile and it's always sad when the motivator of such an event leaves us.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 15:25

To me personaly one of the saddest losses to railway modelling in my time, and really bad news particularly at this time of year. Mike did so much to bring the hobby to the masses in putting on a show in a major tourist location which, especially in the days of the Assembly Rooms / de Gray Rooms used to bring all sorts in. I hope the York show lives on in his memory, it would be the most fitting tribute to a legend in his own lifetime.

My deepest condolences to all family and friends, and also on behalf of the Manchester Model Railway Society as Chairman.
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 15:29

Sad news indeed.
The deepest sympathy to all family and friends from all at British Railway Modelling and the Model Railways Live website.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 15:45

Sorry to read the sad news. Condolences and sympathy from Myself and the rest of Rochdale MRG.
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#10 Barry O

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 16:05

Bon Voyage "Captain" Cook - hopefully you are bound for a place full of GWR engines, Hooky and Curries....

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 16:11

Sorry to hear about your loss, my condolences to his family and friends.

After the mourning comes the inevitable question: who dares to step in this man's shoes and take over? It's a difficult position to fill, meeting a legacy that stands like a rock...

RIP Mr. Mike :cry:

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 16:29

A very sad loss to the hobby. Mike will be greatly missed at York each Easter.

On a practical note, Mike had already completed a lot of the initial organisation for the 2012 Show and it will go ahead as planned.
For the moment any queries regarding the 2012 York Model Railway Show should be addressed to myself.

yorkshow@malscrimshaw.karoo.co.uk

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#13 Worsdell forever

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 17:25

A great man that will be missed by many, he always supported us with our shows at Whitby and Goathland.

RIP Mike, from myself and all at Whitby MRC.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 17:25

I only ever had the pleasure of meeting Mike once - quite by accident at York - we quite literally bumped into each other - many years ago - a Gentleman of the old school. RIP - you have given many people enormous pleasure over the years

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 17:30

A great loss to the world of model railways and he will greatly missed by me.

I found him a inspiration of how to run a successfully model railway exhibition

RIP Mike

Terry Robinson on behalf all at Stafford Railway Circle

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 18:09

Yes, a great loss to the Hobby and the Folk scene as well,
he was just as 'large' in the EFDSS (http://www.efdss.org/) world too, were I first met Mike.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 18:26

Very sad news ,I had known Mike for close to 30 years where he always done something at the Normanton & Ponteract exhibition
Always loved his GWR and was a great modeller,always on with something?
God Bless

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 19:17

I've speculated elsewhere that as the organisation of the York Show will by now be in place we can credit Mike with making the half century. Certainly when Easter comes around I'll be carrying that thought with me. Though it's a sad day, I am buoyed up by many happy (some hilarious) memories of the times spent in his company.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 19:59

A sad loss, but as Mike himself said the York Show is 'the Show that never ends'. Hopefully we will see many of his friends at York at Easter, and at subsequent York Model Railway Shows.
I will always remember Mike for the good times
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Posted 16 December 2011 - 20:16

A sad loss for the hobby.

RIP Mike

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 20:27

Although I was only priveliged enough to know him for a dozen or more years, I was grateful for his support and advice on his many trips to North Wales, and kindness to invite me and my wife to be part of the Show crowd. He will be sorely missed-a sad time indeed.

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 21:16

A very sad loss for the Hobby - York show is a highlight of the year for me, a show I've been to since I was about three/four. My Dad and I always attend.

One of his layouts is a favourite of mine - Sinnington. A layout to show GWR modellers how a branchline should look!

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Posted 16 December 2011 - 21:18

A sad loss to the hobby.

I can remember chatting to Mike over 30 years ago (I think!) at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, he was there with Totness/Ashburton and took the time to explain to me how he made his trees.

That I can remember it, speaks volumes for the man.

Enjoy that big trainset in the sky.

RIP

#24 JaymzHatstand

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:09

A very sad loss indeed, and thoughts go out to his family freinds and all htose who his visions both inspired and entertained. Long may the York show continue as a grand stage tribute to him!

J

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Posted 17 December 2011 - 10:23

Deepest condolences to all his friends and family. I am sure that next years show will be a fitting tribute to all he has done for the hobby. I have attended the show for almost 20 years now and always loved it.







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