Living in a Lego wonderland: Family build Christmas-themed church ... with 250,000 bricks

Posted on 12:41 PM by Sameer Shah

A family of Lego addicts with a collection of half a million bricks have revealed their latest festive model - a giant 250,000 piece Christmas church worth £10,000.

The Addis family took seven painstaking weeks to piece together the 7ft-high and 5ft-wide 100kg replica which now takes pride of place in their lounge.

Mike Addis, 50, and wife Catherine Weightman, 45, both Lego fanatics since childhood, each spent 170 hours building their pride and joy piece by piece.

Secondary school economics teacher Mr Addis based the design on All Saints Church in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire, a church he visited in his childhood.

It is the latest festive offering from the self-confessed Lego nuts who have built a giant Christmas-themed model every year for the last 16 years.

Mr Addis spent a full ten-hour day planning the giant model before the first Lego brick was laid on October 13.

The model was finally topped off 48 days later on December 1 thanks to the gargantuan effort by Mike, Catherine, who works for Natural England, and children Thomas, 17, Holly, 13, and Christopher, 11.

Mr Addis, of Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, said: 'It's a real labour of love but a complete addiction. We simply couldn't imagine not doing it. Christmas would not be Christmas.

'The sense of satisfaction is immense but I have to admit that there are times when I wonder if it's not a little mad to spend so much time on it.'

The Addis family have previously built giant Lego models of Father Christmas, a snowman, an angel, the Three Kings, a sleigh, a model of Santa coming down the chimney and their own house.

Mr Addis had been wanting to build a church for years but put if off because Lego do not make the exact colour bricks.

This year he relented and opted for red bricks interspersed with brown, black and grey, to mimic the pinkish-brown hue of Earls Barton church.

He is happy with the end result and plans to use a picture of his model to make personalised Christmas cards.

Mr Addis added: 'It's not a dead ringer but it's a good likeness. We're very proud.'

The Addis family have spent years building up their mammoth collection of Lego which now features nearly 500,000 bricks.

The parents constantly top up their collection buying in bulk on eBay spending around £8 a kilo.

They spent around £300 every year topping up on bricks and estimate their total collection would cost over £10,000 to buy new.

Taking apart the model apart is no small job. Mr Addis and Ms Weightman invite another family to their home on Twelfth Night for a 'stacking party'.

All of the bricks must then be neatly packed into dozens of boxes that occupy the spare bedroom.

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