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Top Gear's James May in Dorking this August

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Top Gear's James May in Dorking this August

Over 2,500 visitors descended on Denbies last Saturday, 1st August to answer the request from James May for volunteers to help build his life size Lego House.

With the first eager volunteers starting to arrive from 4.30am, the decision was taken to double the no of participating ‘builders’ from 600 to 1200.  However, those not fortunate enough to gain a place were able to watch the colourful progress and bustling activity taking place in the Kitchen Garden Farm Shop building.

Great progress was made and while everyone was having a fun time, at the same time they also managed to contribute 3500 blocks which represents a contribution of two thirds of the total build!  

When the house, filled with Lego furniture, is completed later this month, May has promised to live in it. He said: "I'm planning to stay there for two or three days, or until it falls down - whichever is sooner. I'm pretty relaxed about it, but will just have to be careful moving around. "If I wake up buried under a pile of bricks I'll know it's gone wrong."


The design of the Lego house has proved to be a real challenge for the Architect, who is ensuring that the whole project does not lose its integrity, in that the structure is constructed purely from Lego and not supported by any thing other than Lego.  As this project is a world first, various ‘trial’ Lego walls have had to go through extensive testing to ensure the safety of James May and guests who may want to visit during his ‘residency’.

The build is being filmed for BBC series James May's Toy Stories. The presenter won an award for a Plasticine garden he created at the Chelsea Flower Show for an earlier show.

Stay tuned for further updates as the build continues! 

Photos courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Posted By Deryck Svensson
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