South Shields Watch House immortalised in Lego

Members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade with Richard Carter, left, and his Lego Watch Tower model, at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.
Members of South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade with Richard Carter, left, and his Lego Watch Tower model, at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

All eyes are on South Shields’ Watch House after a Lego model of the landmark has been unveiled.

Following a public vote as to which landmark they’d like immortalised in Lego, the model has gone on display at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Little Landmarks exhibition.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade member Biran Teale looks at the Lego Watch Tower model, at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

South Shields Volunteer Life Brigade member Biran Teale looks at the Lego Watch Tower model, at South Shields Museum and Art Gallery.

The exhibition features 11 familiar buildings in South Shields all reproduced in miniature from Lego, commissioned by the museum with Lego architect Bricks McGee creating the structures.

The SSVLB Watch House was voted to be the eleventh building to be made from Lego in a public poll by the museum which saw them win with 30.05% of the vote.

Tom Fennelly, honorary secretary of the SSVLB said: “We were delighted to have received such a substantial public vote to have our iconic building created in Lego to be included in this excellent exhibition.

“The Watch House has stood on the South Pier since 1867 and we are honoured to have it created in this way following our very successful 150th anniversary celebrations during 2016.”

Lego architect Bricks McGee said: “The Watch House model contains about 2,500 pieces, including 200 in the tower, and 300 in the roof. The lower level of the planking (below the blue line that runs along the building) took 400 elements alone.

“It’s been a great - if challenging - landmark to build; lots of quirky angles which you don’t realise are there until you start building. It has been a nice model to build and it is iconic in my mind now.”

Each building in the exhibition is accompanied by large photographs of the actual buildings by the South Shields Photographic Society and the South Shields Digital Group.

There are also teeny South Shields’ Lego celebrities that eagle-eyed visitors can see dotted about the exhibition including: comedian Sarah Millican, entertainer Tommy the Trumpeter, First World War hero John Simpson Kirkpatrick, pop band Little Mix, singer Joe McElderry, film director Ridley Scott, author Catherine Cookson, Roman Emperor Severus (who was based with his army at Arbeia Roman Fort), footballer David Foley and Olympian swimmer Josef Craig.