Smash-hit Lego show returns to Sunderland

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SUNDERLAND’S smash hit Lego show is to return bigger and better.

Hundreds of fans big and small flocked to an event at Bede Tower in Ryhope Road last June, organised by Lego enthusiasts group Northern Brickworks.

Lego enthusiasts of all ages were treated to an exhibition of Lego models organised by Northern Brickworks at the Bethany Church at bede Tower.'Some of the displays were on a very large scale.

Lego enthusiasts of all ages were treated to an exhibition of Lego models organised by Northern Brickworks at the Bethany Church at bede Tower.'Some of the displays were on a very large scale.

The group will be back at Bede Tower on the Friday and Saturday of next half-term holiday, May 29-30, and are promising this event will have even more on offer for fans of the world’s best-selling toy.

“Bede Tower has a great indoor space, and we are taking over more of it this year, with access to meeting rooms and with parking and full facilities, including catering on site,” said organiser Bobby Martin.

“We have a wide range of exhibitors and activities taking part, including models from members of Northern Brickworks, traders, the Durham Cathedral fund-raising model, community groups and artists – with more still to confirm.

“In addition, we will have play tables, cake stalls and a range of activities for children and families to get involved in.”

More than 400 people visited last year’s show in the first few hours.

“The turnout was fantastic,” said Bobby.

Guest of honour last year was Lego’s global chief financial officer John Goodwin, who had travelled up for the day from his home in York.

“I try to get round to as many fan events as I can – talking to the fans, finding out what their issues are, what’s hot – and what’s not – is very important for us,” he said.

“We first started producing blocks in 1958, and the blocks we produced in 1958 are still compatible with the blocks we produce today.

“It is great to see mums and dads sitting down with their kids, collaborating together in the world of play.”

If Lego-mad families can’t wait until May, the good news is that Northern Brickworks is also organising an event in the carriage shed of Tanfield Railway, between Stanley and Gateshead, over the weekend of April 18 and 19.

The Tanfield event will run from 10.30am to 4pm and the Sunderland event from 10am to 4.30pm.

Admission to both is £3 per person, with under fives’s going free.