Grandmother proves you're never too young for LEGO
SUNSHINE Coast grandmother Dianne Shields is proof positive that you are never too old to build with LEGO.
Dianne, 65, and her family are heading to Ballina January 19-20, to display their talents as LEGO builders at the town's Ballina Brick Event at the RSL Club in River Street.
The Brick Event showcases amazing dioramas and custom LEGO creations of many talented brick builders from Queensland and Northern NSW.
Dianne, her husband, both her children, her son-in-law and 15-year-old grandson will all be at Ballina which will be one of the biggest yet held on the North Coast and will showcase more than 20 different exhibits all made from LEGO.
For Dianne it's all part of the fun which started about six years ago when she and her husband returned from living in New Zealand for six years and her son Adam asked her to come along to an event to help set up his display.
"Somebody was selling a cowboy fort there," she said of the start of her love affair with the bricks.
"I like cowboys so I got this fort and built it up and thought I can do better than that."
From their she worked on her first scene, which took up a table and now - now it's four tables and features a town, trains, waterfalls, creeks, goldmine and a Native American village - mostly all free form and out of her own imagination.
"My mother use to send us to the movies every Saturday morning at 10am to watch the Lone Ranger and Butch Cassidy - they were serials and we had to come back every week," Dianne said explaining she chose the Western theme over all the other varieties of LEGO.
Since then she her husband, son and daughter-in-law, grandson and even her elderly mother have started to become involved.
They are all members of the LEGO fan group Queensland LEGO User Group with daughter Cherie the media liaison, group photographer and videographer.
For Dianne then its all about family but it has also been helpful during recent ill health.
"It is great for the memory, fine motorskills and imagination," she said of her hobby.
Dianne will be one of 20 "Master Builders" taking part over the weekend.
VIP tours will operate on both event days guided by a Master Builder, participants will be able to get up close to all the displays, chat with the creators, receive a special event set to take home plus other exclusive items bookings are recommended as tours and places will be limited.
More detailed works will feature in excess of 30,000 pieces each, and no, none of it is glued (that would be sacrilege). The total brick count would be in excess of a million pieces.
The Brick Event will open Saturday 9am to 4:30pm and Sunday 9am to 4:30pm. Admission for Adults $14.50, Children $9.50, Family (2 Adults & 3 children) $53.00, Children under three Free. For tickets, go to brickevents.iwannaticket.com.au and at the door.