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Lego-clad toy shop brings overseas visitors to Rushden

People gather outside Osborne's toy shop in Rusden to see its frontage covered in Lego. Image copyright Virginia Pope
Image caption This shop in a small Northamptonshire town was the first British retailer to sell Lego

The owner of a family-run shop which was covered in Lego for the toy's 60th birthday has said people came from as far as France to see it.

Osborne's in Rusden, Northamptonshire, was the first British retailer to sell the bricks.

Lego offered to give the shop front a makeover with 277,500 bricks to mark the anniversary last weekend.

Will Osborne said: "It was like a carnival, with people outside from dawn to dusk taking pictures and pointing.

"I was talking to one chap who came from Norwich and one guy apparently came from France - obviously a Lego fan who thought he would never see this again.

"It was a feel-good event for the town and was good, not just for us, but businesses up and down the high street."

Image copyright Virginia Pope
Image caption It took 277,500 individual bricks to cover the shop front in Lego

The shop's door, signage and part of the outer walls were covered in the toy bricks.

It took 41 people to create, but was only there for three days before being dismantled earlier this week.

Virginia Pope, who lives in the town, said: "It was absolutely fantastic for Rushden, it is just a shame it was not there for longer."

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Image caption Lego fan, Sgt Tony Payne from Northamptonshire Police, posted his souvenir photo on Twitter

Pam Osborne and her late husband Jim opened the shop in 1955 and placed an order for Lego after seeing it at a trade fair while on honeymoon in Brighton in 1960.

Their son, Will Osborne, said events like this help to highlight what businesses like his have to offer.

"It's no secret the retail landscape is changing and you do your best to keep up, but it's difficult sometimes.

"Small, independent businesses have their own peculiarities and personalities which shine through and offer what the big chains can't.

"Running a toy shop is a joyful profession and I have no plans to retire yet."

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Media captionOsborne's toy shop gets Lego anniversary makeover

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