From HMS Victory to the Daleks, youngsters get creative with Lego bricks

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THEY’RE ships but not as you’ve seen them before... these ones are made of Lego.

Yesterday, families were invited to National Royal Navy Museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to create their work using the toy bricks.

Children took part in a half term LEGO ship building competition at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. (left to right), Portsmouth youngsters Jeremy Towler (eight), and his friend Joe Broad (nine). [92679459]'Picture: Ian Hargreaves  (14520-1)

Children took part in a half term LEGO ship building competition at The National Museum of the Royal Navy in Portsmouth. (left to right), Portsmouth youngsters Jeremy Towler (eight), and his friend Joe Broad (nine). [92679459]'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (14520-1)

Ships for princesses, pirates and Daleks were just some of the weird and wonderful maritime creations built throughout the day.

Organised by Louise Brown, the learning officer for early years and families at the museum, children had the opportunity to create their own Lego ship. More than 500 people took part and more than 100 ships were built, exceeding last year’s turnout.

There was also the chance to win sea-themed Lego prizes.

There were two competitions, for children aged seven and under and eight and over.

They will be judged today by commanding officer Rod Strathearn.

The aim of the competition was to build the most creative, inventive, and outrageous ships possible.

Some children replicated dockyard ships such as the HMS Victory and the HMS Warrior while others opted for more modern themes.

Alex Green travelled from Aldershot with his grandparents, Marie and Morris Legg.

The 10-year-old said: ‘I tried to make a modern kind of ship.

‘I was trying to make the front of it and it kept falling apart.’

Teddy West, six, from Portsmouth, saw The Lego Movie before going to the event.

As well as the children, their parents also enjoyed making the ships.

Kati Leunig was there with her two children Tom and Jacob.

The 41-year-old, from Mulberry Avenue, Cosham, said: ‘I’m reminiscing about some of the pieces from when I was little. I used to make Lego towns with my brother.’

The museum will be holding another Lego event in the summer.

For more information on events at the dockyard visit historicdockyard.co.uk