Little lego Orangemen 'marching out the door' ahead of Twelfth celebrations
Little Orangemen- built using Lego parts- are proving to be a massive success ahead of this year's Twelfth celebrations.
David Scott, services and outreach manager at the Museum of Orange Heritage in Belfast, told the Belfast Telegraph the mini Orangmen figures were "literally marching out the door".
"This came about as a bit of fun- we were exhibiting at the Balmoral Show and whenever I arrived at the stand this little Orangeman in full regalia in a little frame was sitting for me as a gift along with the business card of the creator.
"I tracked him down at the show and the idea was created."
Mr Scott asked the creator to develop a series of little Orangemen products to sell the the museum's shops- including a keyring and pin badge.
The little figures- complete with orange sash and black bowler hats- have proved a hit with tourists visiting Northern ireland.
He said: "Literally they have been marching out the front door. I can't keep the stock flowing at the moment- in fact the suppliers has arrived with more today.
"I think it is always good to have a bit of fun around our cultural traditions- sometimes it can be seen as very serious part of cultural tourism in Northern Ireland but we have a fun, engaging and entertaining festival attitude that we adopt as members, so I thought it would be good to develop that sort of spirit and have a bit of fun on the way."
The miniature Orangemen cost £4 each as a figure, badge or keyring.
A framed version costs £20.
Mr Scott said: "We have had sales from around the world- London, Scotland, United States and Canada.
"They really have captured the imagination of people globally- it is a global success.
"It is a piece of Northern Ireland's cultural lifestyles and it is a wee product that you can't buy at your traditional giftware shop, so it is quite novel. You can take a wee bit of Northern Ireland culture with them back home."
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