Nottingham Railway Station to host Roald Dahl hero for author’s annual celebration

Nottingham Railway Station is playing host to George, maverick inventor hero of George’s Marvellous Medicine, as part of Nottingham’s designation as a UNESCO City of Literature.

The LEGO® build of George was officially unveiled on Roald Dahl Day, September 13th. He is composed of 9510 bricks and took 57 hours to construct.

George will remain at Nottingham Railway Station for 2 months. The visit is timely, coming just a few weeks after Nottingham declared its bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.

Paul Russ, chair of the Nottingham 2023 bid, said: “Nottingham’s status as a UNESCO City of Literature is one of the great cultural accolades of the city, and one of the many reasons we’re bidding to be European Capital of Culture in 2023.

This visit by George is a great example of bringing a love of reading and literature to the residents and visitors of Nottingham in a way which is fun, accessible and engaging. We hope to recruit George as one of our cultural lions to support Nottingham’s 2023 bid.”

Sandeep Mahal, Director of Nottingham UNESCO City of Literature, said: “We’re thrilled to be one of only six locations chosen to host a Roald Dahl child hero for Roald Dahl Day 2017, and are looking forward to seeing the people of Nottingham share their selfies with George.

“Whether you’re a child or a child at heart, Roald Dahl is an absolute icon, and this is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate his work. We’re also especially grateful to East Midlands Trains, for hosting GEORGE at Nottingham Train Station, an ideal location for both locals and visitors to meet him.”

Five other favourite Roald Dahl child heroes are poised to appear, in locations across the UK, in the form of unique LEGO® brick builds to mark Roald Dahl Day, the global celebration of the world’s number one storyteller.

The six Roald Dahl character brick builds have been created by Duncan Titmarsh, the UK’s only certified LEGO® professional builder, and his team at the Bright Bricks workshop in Bordon, Hampshire.

Bernie Hall from Roald Dahl’s Literary Estate said, “We are so thrilled that George will be making his way to Nottingham, as part of all the inspiring activity happening around creativity and invention in this UNESCO City of Literature.

“It’s the perfect location for him, and a wonderful way to celebrate George and all Roald Dahl’s amazing child heroes this Roald Dahl Day.”

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