Lego lands on Cornish beaches

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In 1997, during a terrible storm, a ship’s container filled with millions of Lego pieces fell into the sea off Cornwall.

The ship, the Tokio Express, was hit by a huge wave described by its captain as a “once in a 100-year phenomenon”.

DragonsBut the tub of Lego has not remained at the bottom of the sea. The different pieces of Lego are still washing up on Cornish beaches today, such as Lego octopus, Lego spear guns, Lego dragons (pictured opposite) and Lego daisy flowers. The pieces, totalling nearly 5 million, could have gone all over Europe or even further.

Lego is a great success nowadays and always has been quite famous since it started way back in 1932. Lego was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in Denmark. Lego has had different characters and products like Lego Friends (2012-present), Lego legends of Chima (2013- present), Lego Star Wars (1999-present) and many more. They have even made a Lego Movie (2014) which is now on DVD with characters including Emmet, Wyldstyle, Unikitty and Batman.

So if you’re holidaying in Cornwall this summer keep a look out for Lego!


Aiden, Year 5

Heighington Millfield







2 Responses to Lego lands on Cornish beaches

  1. hope goodall August 16, 2014 at 11:47 am

    quick everyone get down to some Cornish beaches… free lego!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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