The man who keeps the Titanic at the bottom of his garden (but could get sunk by council planners)

An iceberg sank the original, but planning rules may scupper a 100ft replica of the Titanic made by a marine fanatic in his back yard. Stan Fraser, 47, spent 12 years building his 1:10 scale model and 11th April opened it to the public, 100 years on from the vessel’s ill-fated maiden voyage. However, the father-of-five failed to get planning permission for the tribute created at his home next to a canal. Now he has gone public, he is braced for a visit from the Highland Council which covers his home in Inverness.

The former lighting engineer hopes his aim of raising money for the RNLI will invoke the compassion of officialdom.

He suffers from ME, which has left him unable to work, but he defied the debilitating illness to slowly build the replica, using two caravans as a base.

His first visitors heard a foghorn and saw lights twinkling in the portholes, just as happened on the original before it sank in April 1912.

‘This is my tribute to a great ship and those who died on her,’ said Mr Fraser.

Mr Fraser also created a Titanic-themed cafe for visitors inside the scale model in his garden

Looking shipshape: The model also has a wheel house with nautical objects

Mr Fraser has also made a model of the Belfast shipyard where the Titanic was made

The model was not built to make a profit, and all proceeds from visitors will go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, Mr Fraser says

Doomed: Mr Fraser's model is on a scale of 1:10 and took 12 years to build

1 comments: said...

Shame on anyone who wants to destroy this amazing art work.

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