Norfolk Lego show aims to build following young and old
- Credit: Tom Hadfield
A Lego-mad dad is looking to build a show dedicated to the humble coloured bricks that will draw both youngsters and passionate adult enthusiasts.
Tom Hadfield is behind Bressingham Bricks events which he hopes will attract Lego builders, collectors and fans from across the region and beyond.
He may now be 34 and a dad but his life-long love of all things Lego has seen him take his collecting and displaying his creations at shows around the country to staging his own event.
The inaugural show at Bressingham Steam Museum, near Diss, on June 15 and 16, will features plenty of intricate Lego structures made up of thousands of the multi-coloured bricks, displays, stalls and the chance for vistors young and old to get creative.
Mr Hadfield said: "There will be a bit of everything. With it being a steam museum I have tried to keep a lot of trains and railways, there will be train lay-outs and I will be taking a whole array of train sets from the early 1960s right up to modern day. But there will also be a whole Disney castle, impressive shop display structures from back in the 1960s, robots that you can drive and play football, and statues of different characters from films."
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Shows have become increasdingly popular with so-called AFOL (adult friends of Lego) who travel great distances to both view and display their models, meet like-minded people and buy rare Lego parts to enhance their own creations.
Mr Hadfield, from Ipswich, said: "I've been collecting for about 30 years. My parents bought it for me every birthday and Christmas. When I moved out I managed I carried on collecting. I have no idea how many sets I have but it must be well into the hundreds if not thousands.
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"Lego is still probably still viewed as a children's toy but the adults have taken it to a whole new level. When people hear you say you play with Lego they think of a pile of bricks on the floor and you make a multi-coloured house out of it. Those days have long done and people are building structures that are on the same detailed level as model kits and look so realistic."
He has now passed his passion on to his five-year-old son Tommy Jnr.
"I have bought him a few specialist bits I had to have shipped over from Australia. There is a guy out there who makes Thomas the Tank Engine out of Lego and they are brilliant. I got them for his fifth birthday and he absolutely loves them.
- Bressingham Bricks is at Bressingham Steam Museum on June 15 and 16, 10.30am-5pm, tickets £6.50 online via bressingham.co.uk