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Wares the Bricks Lego convention proves massive hit as families queued for hours to see the marvelous creations

A huge Lego convention proved to be a massive hit with the residents of Ware as families queued for hours to get in.

The queue snaked around the grounds of The Priory as people young and old eagerly waited to get a glimpse of the impressive Lego creations – including a fully working rollercoaster.

Wares the Bricks, which is said to be the first event of its kind in Hertfordshire, saw amateur builders from across the country come together to show off their work.

And even better it is all for a good cause, with the proceeds from the event at Fletchers Lea at Ware Priory, on the High Street, being donated to Herts and Essex Air Ambulance.

Lego fans who braved the lengthy queues were treated to a range of impressive creations from a miniature Gotham City to a recreation of a WW1 trench and Mario characters.

The work of the amateur builders was very impressive

The work of the amateur builders was very impressive

Organiser Darren Neely, who is a maths teacher at Marriotts School in Stevenage, was taken aback by how many people had turned up for Wares the Bricks.

“We expected it to be busy, but not this busy,” he explained.

“We’ve got displayers who have come from all over the country. We’ve also got some local people from Stevenage and Ware.

“Some people are very experienced displayers, some people this is the first show they’ve been too. So we’ve got a good mix of people.”

The convention was packed full of Lego fans

The convention was packed full of Lego fans

The fully functioning Lego rollercoaster came all the way from Portsmouth, while the large city was brought from Peterborough.

One of the amateur builders jokingly blamed The Mercury for the large crowds saying “it’s your fault for advertising it”.

The creations were a feat of engineering and imagination – several of the creations used motors to make the Lego come to life, as well as lights to add to the spectacle.

And the WW1 trench had a sign encouraging visitors to look for a Stormtrooper, a play on the historical origins that inspired George Lucas.

Darren began hosting Lego themed parties two years ago, starting with his twin sons’ fourth birthday.

Speaking before the event he said: “This is the first event of its kind in Hertfordshire as far as I am aware, and we have builders coming from all over the country to show off their creations.

“I’m a life-long Lego fan, but got back into building with Lego again about seven years ago when I started collecting the collectable mini figures series.”

Design your own Lego mini figure

Ware the Bricks has joined forces with BrickSanity to host a competition where you can design your own Lego mini figure.

Remember to be as creative as you possibly can and bring along your mini figure on the day to be in with a chance of winning in one of the three age categories!

You can collect your design form from the following:

  • Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Shop, Ware
  • Ware Library
  • Ware Priory Event & Conference Venue
  • Toniq Hairdressing, Ware
  • Hertford Library
  • Hertford Tourist Information Centre
  • Fingertips Nail Bair, Hertford
  • Leaf, Hertford

Alternatively you can always print your own here.

As well as being able to marvel at the Lego builders creations, fans were able to purchase rare Lego items as souvenirs.

One of the sellers, named Ollie, had packs of the popular mini figures and was able to tell you what character was inside simply by feeling the packet.

An entrepreneurial ice cream van even took advantage of the queue and the mild spring weather by stopping to sell cool treats to the waiting crowd.

Did you brave the queues for Wares the Bricks today? Let us know what you thought in the comments below!

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