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Town is to be recreated in Lego
A massive reconstruction exercise is under way to rebuild the Cumbrian town of Whitehaven - using Lego bricks.

A group of seven artists is launching the project, which is backed by Copeland Council and regeneration agency West Lakes Renaissance.

Residents and visitors are being asked to contribute to faithful replicas of town features such as the historic civic hall and harbour area.

But organisers already fear their 60,000 Lego bricks will not be enough.

Copeland Council's arts development officer Peter Tyas said: "We are appealing to people of Whitehaven to give us their time and also their old Lego.

Shop window

"We have quite a lot and are getting more, but we do need hundreds if not thousands of additional pieces of Lego."

One of the artists involved, Anton Hecht, said video animation techniques would be used to record the recreation in a shop window in the town's Duke Street.

But the project is also being used to give people a chance to come up with ideas of how they would like the town to develop.

Mr Tyas added: "We want to get young people, old people and people who might have just moved to the area to look at the environment they live in and to respond to it."

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