Huge Lego dolls’ house is family’s latest Christmas creation

Huntingdon man Mike Addis with his latest Lego creation. Picture: ARCHANT

Huntingdon man Mike Addis with his latest Lego creation. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The Addis family from Huntingdon have excelled themselves with this year’s giant Christmas Lego model - the huge dolls’ house is their biggest yet.

One of the rooms inside the Lego house. Picture: ARCHANT

One of the rooms inside the Lego house. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Around 350,000 bricks were used in the construction of the house, which measures eight feet by six feet six inches, its occupants and the fixtures and fittings.

The house has 23 rooms, including halls, and contains its own miniature dolls’ house. To to give it a festive feel there is a family sitting down to Christmas lunch, together with Father Christmas and his sleigh.

The family started building Lego models 24 years ago to entertain a visiting friend’s young child - and then it became a family Christmas tradition with dad Mike Addis, mum Catherine Weightman and children Thomas, Holly and Christopher all mucking in.

Over the years the children lost interest, leaving a hard core of Mike, Catherine and her father Neil Weightman.

One of the rooms inside the Lego house. Picture: ARCHANT

One of the rooms inside the Lego house. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

But this year Holly, 22, joined in again and friends and relatives also played a part.

Mike said: “By area it is the biggest we have done.

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“But there is always something you can add to it and I think we will have to stop soon.”

He said: “After 24 years you start to run out of ideas, especially with a Christmas theme.”

One of the rooms inside the Lego house. Picture: ARCHANT

One of the rooms inside the Lego house. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

The Victorian-style dolls’ house is based on Charles Dickens’ house in London and the family’s own home.

Mike said Star Wars lightsabers were been used to create the candles and rings from the Lord of the Rings were used on the serviettes. Bricks known as “snots” hold pictures on the walls.

Mike is especially pleased with the hall which features stained glass windows and a tiled floor.

The family normally starts building the model in the autumn and construction runs into December so it is ready in time for Christmas - followed by a second tradition in the shape of a dismantling party on 12th night.

Huntingdon man Mike Addis with his latest Lego creation. Picture: ARCHANT

Huntingdon man Mike Addis with his latest Lego creation. Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

Last year the family built a huge polar bear and earlier models have included a snowman, a Dalek , a gingerbread house and a replica of Durham Cathedral.

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