11:19AM, Thursday 12 July 2012
A world record was reclaimed for Britain on Sunday as the final touches were placed to the 32-metre high Lego tower.
Hundreds of people lent a hand to put together the gargantuan structure at Windsor's Legoland resort in Winkfield Road.
It was topped off with nine Team GB Lego minifigures.
The Windsor resort's divisional director Sue Kemp said: “We are delighted to reclaim the record for Britain. We last held it in 2008 when it was a mere 29.26 metres tall.
"We’re very grateful to the hundreds of people who helped create the tower, which is made from over 500,000 bricks. It took four days to build and is certainly an impressive feat.”
The record was inaugurated in London in 1988 with a Lego tower that stood just over 15 metres and there have been 53 bigger towers across the world from South Korea to Sydney since then.
The previous record of 31.9m was set in Seoul earlier this year.
The public were invited to help create the new Windsor structure by building small sections on the ground which were then connected together into larger panels by Lego builders and then hoisted into place by crane.
The tower comprises over 160 sections using more than half a million Lego bricks.
Standing proud on a platform at the very top of the tower are nine tiny 3cm tall Lego minifigures of a boxer, a stealth swimmer, relay runner, judo fighter, tennis player, weightlifter, horse rider, archer and gymnast.
Taking the structure down was a much quicker job. The tower was carefully dismantled in just one day and all the pieces will be carefully packed up - ready for the next record attempt.
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