Honey I shrunk York Pride! Model shop recreates event in miniature

The rainbow bus in Monk Bar Model Shop's York Pride window display. Photographs: Richard McDougall
9 Jun 2017 @ 7.45 pm
| Entertainment, Shopping

“It’s amazing what you can do with a bit of rainbow tape,” says Monk Bar Model Shop owner Andy Masheder.

He’s talking about the shop’s amazing York Pride window display.

Complete with rainbow double decker bus, moving train with #YorkPride hashtag, and Knavesmire stage, it has all the elements of this annual jamboree, which takes place on Saturday (June 10).

‘It’s something a bit different’

Ready to rock – the tiny stage

Andy told YorkMix: “Quite a lot of shops have got involved, so we thought it would be good for us to get involved too.

“We thought it would be a good idea to incorporate it in the layout, something a bit different and with the rainbow colours.”

Step on board the Pride train
The full layout

With all hands on deck, the display only took a few hours to complete and customers have been loving it.

Andy says the response on social media has been positive too.

The rainbow bus being used in the display will be on sale in August from the Corgi website. The one being used currently is “a pre-production sample that we’ve borrowed from Corgi to add to the display,” Andy said.

Piggy windows

The York Pride flag in the window

Monk Bar Model Shop has been around for almost a whopping 54 years! It sells everything ranging from model railways, planes and miniature automobiles.

A family-owned business it was opened by John Masheder in 1963. John still works there along with son Andy.

The exterior of the shop, in the shadow of Monk Bar

Throughout the years, the shop has been known to make intriguing window displays, using their constant theme of pigs, for all different events.

They’ve had Tour De Porkshire, with all of the pigs are riding bikes, The Olympics, pigs playing snooker to mark the UK Snooker Championships at the Barbican, Glastonbury and The X Factor, before York Pride.

Head down there now and check it out!