Around 1,000 people poured into St Edmundsbury Cathedral on Saturday for the launch event of the ambitious plan to recreate the building out of 200,000 Lego bricks.
The honour of laying the first brick went to 10-year- old Sophie Kemp, from Stowmarket, who won a competition asking why she wanted to do it.
She wrote: “Bury’s ancient abbey was built with flint and stone, today we’ll build the cathedral using Lego bricks alone.” Her winning poem was read out by Bury’s MP Jo Churchill who also got stuck into decorating a cupcake with Cathedral Dean the Very Rev Dr Frances Ward.
Sophie and her family were also treated to lunch at the Cathedral’s Pilgrims’ Kitchen café and she was presented with a £25 gift voucher for the cathedral shop. Other activities included cardboard sculptures, a trail around the cathedral to find Lego pictures and the chance to make Lego mini figures of themselves.
People donated £1 for a brick and as of Monday around 700 had been allocated.
Bishop of Dunwich, The Rt Revd Dr Mike Harrison blessed the plinth which will hold the model.
Tony Kimber, the cathedral’s director of commerce, said: “This whole project is the chance for people to come and join in with something unique which we are hoping will really capture visitors’ imaginations.”