Sheffield LEGO fan building up to displaying at model show

Lego enthusiast Richard Hayes
Lego enthusiast Richard Hayes
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A LEGO enthusiast from Sheffield is to display some of his finest work at a modelling and engineering exhibition.

Richard Hayes, from Stocksbridge, a member of the Brickish Association, which brings together LEGO fans from across the UK, will showcase a selection of his personal builds at the Northern Modelling Exhibition in Manchester in March.

His largest display will be a LEGO city layout which took four months to build. It measures 4ft by 3ft when fully assembled, using 3,672 pieces.

Richard – who lives with his wife Sarah, 29, and four-year-old daughter, Molly – was appointed a LEGO ambassador in August, organising events at the new LEGO store in Meadowhall shopping centre.

A self-employed website designer, he also runs his own LEGO fan site, Brick Fanatics, which attracts about 30,000 visitors each month from the UK alone.

Richard said: “The Northern Modelling Exhibition will be my first exhibition where I’m showcasing my own models. I’m really excited.

“It’ll be a great opportunity to display my work and also meet other enthusiasts from across the country.

“My wife and daughter will be attending the show with me, and it’s great to have their support.

“They’re used to me bringing home LEGO sets for them to try.”

The exhibition will bring together UK model making exhibitors and engineering enthusiasts from around the country, and is the largest of its kind for modellers in the North West of England.

It will take place on Saturday and Sunday, March 2 and 3, from 10am until 5pm both days.

n For details, visit Northern Modelling Exhibition