This English Tourism Week, Suffolk MEP Alex Mayer was building the blocks for tourism in Bury St Edmunds as she added coloured bricks to the LEGO model of St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Friday 31st March.
Ms Mayer met Tony Kimber, the Cathedral’s Director of Commerce, who explained how St Edmundsbury is flying the LEGO flag for East Anglia in a nationwide LEGO cathedral build-a-thon.
The LEGO model of the Cathedral which will be made of 200,000 brightly coloured plastic bricks is approaching its one year anniversary and Cathedral staff and volunteers are hoping for a big building boost as the Easter holidays begin.
Alex Mayer MEP said: “Maybe you wouldn't normally think about visiting a cathedral, well here is a different reason why you might. I'm a big LEGO fan. This is certainly a mini version of the Cathedral but by no means is it a small project. I’m delighted to join this LEGO pilgrimage and help things click in to place!”
Bricks cost £1 and the proceeds go to the Youth Outreach project.
The MEP also met council tourism bosses to discuss boosting overseas tourism to Suffolk. Last year 160,000 visitors from other European countries visited the county contributing over £45 million to the local economy. The tourism sector brings £1.9m to the Bury St Edmunds economy.