One week to go!
The show is now just one week away! Now would be a good time to buy your tickets if you haven't already to avoid queuing on the day.
It doesn't seem like 3 weeks ago that I started contributing to this blog, and it certainly doesn't seem like 10 years since I was involved with the very first LEGO show at the STEAM museum in 2002.
In November 2002 the show was called the Great Western LEGO Train Show because back then that's all it consisted of: a single train layout. Nevertheless at the time it was groundbreaking because it was one of the very first public LEGO displays in the UK put on by adult fans (as opposed to the LEGO company).
Six of us contributed to that first display, which was organised by Mark Palmer from Wootton Basset. It was held in the Caerphilly Hall, and I think we upset a few visitors who complained that they couldn't see Caerphilly Castle behind us properly! It must have been a success, though, because we were invited back year after year. Up to 2006 it continued to consist of a single train layout but then in 2007 Martin Long took the helm of the show and, at the museum's request, expanded it considerably to make it what it is now.
The show's size and visitor numbers continue to increase every year and this year's 10th anniversary show promises to better than ever.
What of the 6 founders? Jason Railton and I will be contributing to the main train layout, just as we have for the last 10 years. This year we'll be joined by William Howard and Naomi Farr. When you're passing our display be sure to say hello!