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Crane fans flood to join spotters club

AFTER years in the wilderness, 'crane spotters' finally have their own official club to rival train and plane enthusiasts.

Plant hire giant Ainscough decided to form a club for the anoraks of the construction industry after receiving a letter from 10-year-old spotter Philip Moss.

Now it has been swamped by applications from people around the country who want to sign up - including one from a man serving time in a Lancashire prison.

So far applications have been running at 50 a day and Ainscough has been overwhelmed by the massive response.

Warrington schoolboy Philip wrote to company boss Martin Ainscough pleading for him to do something in recognition of loyal crane spotters everywhere.

Mr Ainscough said: 'Obviously this is the first club of its kind and as yet we are unsure how popular it will prove. If it really takes off we will have to invite Philip to be the first official club president because it was his idea.'

The firm already has a special logo designed for the fledgling club, as well as a catalogue of crane spotter merchandise.