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May starts building Lego house

James May
James May plans to live in the Lego house for a few days

Top Gear presenter James May has begun his attempt to build a house entirely out of Lego bricks.

May has vowed to live for a few days in the life-sized house, which comes complete with a working shower and toilet, once it has been completed.

It is being built in the middle of the Denbies Wine Estate, in Dorking, for the BBC series James May's Toy Stories.

A spokesman for Denbies said hundreds of people had turned up and everyone had a good time helping out.

Some fans queued from 0430 BST to get their hands on one of the 600 tickets that were released, enabling them and a friend to help May build the house.

"I'm planning to stay there for two or three days, or until it falls down - whichever is sooner
James May

Each helper had to create full sized bricks out of 272 Lego pieces.

More than three million bricks were delivered to the site last week, but people were still asked to take any unwanted Lego with them.

May said he came up with the idea for the project over a beer with friends.

"Your imagination is always bigger than your stockpile when you're a kid," he said.

Five-old Bruno helps out
Helpers had to create blocks out of 272 Lego bricks

"Up until now, the largest thing I've ever built with Lego was probably a plane or a battleship, because that was all I could build with the amount I had."

Builders will now spend six days constructing the house out of the large Lego blocks.

May said he would live in the house, joking: "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."

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