Harpenden school bricking it with Lego exhibition as part of 40th anniversary

A model of Harpenden's Bangkok Lounge who sponsored the 'build your own' Lego competition

A model of Harpenden's Bangkok Lounge who sponsored the 'build your own' Lego competition

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A sea of multicoloured bricks transformed a primary school into Harpenden’s answer to Legoland on Saturday (26).

One of the many Lego model displays on show throughout the exhibition at the Lea SchoolOne of the many Lego model displays on show throughout the exhibition at the Lea School

The Lea School in Harpenden held its third and final Lego exhibition, which attracted people from across England wanting to channel their creative building skills, as part of their 40th anniversary celebrations.

The primary school held Lego-themed building competitions, displays, a raffle and a silent auction, raising £8,000 in the process.

Father of three children at the school, Russell Chapman, brought his private Lego collection along which included rare vintage Lego kits and some of Russell’s own creations made using more than 250,000 bricks.

Headteacher Sharlon Swinson said: “It’s hard to believe that Lego has been around twice as long as our school. What Russell can build out of Lego is incredible.

“We are so grateful to him and his wife Anna for volunteering to put the exhibitions on for our school, and to the PTA for all the planning. It involves a huge amount of work, but the benefit to the school is and has been enormous.”

The ‘creative room’ allowed visitors to make their own Lego creations and other attractions included a mini-figure hunt, photo opportunities with life size figurines and face painting.

The first Lego exhibition was held at the school in 2013 and has been an annual fundraising event that has brought in a total of £17,000 for the school.

This has enabled the school to purchase iPads, refurbish the library, provide mobile cooking stations, and will go towards revamping the scooterbike park and building an all-weather path to the outdoor classroom.

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