Lego helps me switch off from stress, cul­ture sec­re­tary says

The Guardian - - NATIONAL - Jim Wa­ter­son Me­dia ed­i­tor

The cul­ture sec­re­tary, Jeremy Wright, has said he has a large Lego col­lec­tion that he uses when in need of a break from the rigours of gov­ern­ment.

“It’s a great way of putting your brain into neu­tral, which some­times we all need to do,” he said, de­scrib­ing his Lego col­lec­tion as “very large in­deed”.

Speak­ing to TalkRa­dio, the Con­ser­va­tive MP said: “I think every­body who does any dif­fi­cult or stress­ful job needs a way to switch off. We all have dif­fer­ent ways. Mine is Lego.”

Wright said he had recre­ated the Death Star from Star Wars us­ing 4,500 bricks. “Putting Lego to­gether and pulling it apart again is a very ther­a­peu­tic process. Some of the new stuff is very good and the en­gi­neer­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of those who build and de­sign Lego sets is quite amaz­ing.”

Michael LeCount, who owns the Lego shop Bricks and Bits in Sh­effield, told the Guardian that Wright’s hobby was not un­usual: “There is quite a big com­mu­nity of adult fans who are into Lego or have come back to it.”

Their spend­ing power en­abled adults to build larger col­lec­tions and buy Lego sets based around films or comic book se­ries, LeCount said.

▲ Build­ing with Lego is ther­a­peu­tic, Jeremy Wright told TalkRa­dio

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