Cathedral to be rebuilt – brick by Lego brick

EXCITED: Hannah Ratcliffe, the cathedrals visitor services coordinator, and Tony Kimber, administrator
EXCITED: Hannah Ratcliffe, the cathedrals visitor services coordinator, and Tony Kimber, administrator

An exciting project to recreate a Bury St Edmunds landmark using hundreds of thousands of Lego bricks is launching next weekend.

St Edmundsbury Cathedral is one of just four cathedrals nationwide chosen for the ambitious model project, along with Exeter, Chester and Durham.

“We’re just pleased to have beaten both Ely and Norwich,” joked Tony Kimber, who will be heading up the 200,000-brick, detailed creation.

“I’m just blown away, it’s brilliant – and I’m not even the biggest Lego geek,” he said.

The large model is expected to take around three years to complete and will be built near the font inside the cathedral.

The first bricks will be placed next Saturday when visitors will be invited to join in, for a minimum £1 donation per brick, while also enjoying other activities on offer at the cathedral throughout the day.

It is hoped the project will attract a different audience to the cathedral, appealing to people of all faiths or no faith, young and old, while also leading to an increase in visitor numbers and a higher profile for the Bury church.

Mr Kimber said some of the money raised would be ring-fenced and spent on projects for young people in the area, while there would also be opportunities to sponsor parts of the build, such as the font and organ, and to involve local schools.

The cathedral has already recruited around 25 volunteers to help – but more will be needed both in the short and long term.

Anyone interested should email visits@stedscathedral.org.