Lego Durham Cathedral reaches 100,000th brick

The Rev'd Ted Drayton who was presented with a LEGO medal from the Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove.
The Rev'd Ted Drayton who was presented with a LEGO medal from the Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove.
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A LANDMARK milestone has been reached in a bid to raise £100,000 for Durham Cathedral.

The cathedral launched a project to build a 3.84m long model of the iconic building out of Lego last year.

About 350,000 bricks will be needed to complete the mammoth task, with £1 donated for every Lego brick put in place in aid of the cathedral’s Open Treasure appeal.

Church bosses are now celebrating a major milestone after the 100,000th brick was put in place.

The 100,000th brick was unwittingly bought by The Reverend Ted Drayton, a priest from Filey in North Yorkshire, who consequently received a surprise visit from the Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove. The Dean met Ted at the Lego model and presented a medal made from Lego bricks and a signed copy of his book Durham Cathedral: A Pilgrimage in Photographs.

After laying the 100,000th brick, Ted said: “It was an honour to add the 100,000th to this incredible model and an absolute privilege to meet the Dean. My wife and I love visiting Durham Cathedral and it is great to be able to contribute towards the Cathedral’s fund-raising efforts in such a unique way.”

The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean of Durham said: “The laying of the 100,000th brick marks a major milestone for the Durham Cathedral Lego Build.

“I am delighted to have been present at this momentous occasion and very much look forward to the laying of the next 100,000 bricks!”

All donations will go towards Open Treasure, a project which will transform public access to some of the cathedral’s most spectacular spaces and to the breathtaking collections that it has acquired over the centuries.

People can support the project by visiting Durham Cathedral and placing 
bricks on the model in person or donating online at 
www.justgiving.com/durhamcathedral.