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JAPANESE SHOW OFF BRITISH BRICKS

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Japan's World Brick Museum has opened an exhibition of British bricks linked to Sherlock Holmes, thanks to the help...
Japan's World Brick Museum has opened an exhibition of British bricks linked to Sherlock Holmes, thanks to the help of Portsmouth City Council.

Officers from Portsmouth tracked down 16 bricks from buildings including Scotland Yard, St Pancras station and 221b Baker Street, the detective's fictional address. The display was unveiled in Maizuru, Portsmouth's friendship city, and also includes bricks from Portsmouth's historic fortifications.

The risk of earthquakes means there are few brick buildings in Japan, making bricks especially interesting to the Japanese (LGC, 5 July).

Alan Burnett, Portsmouth's chair of economic development and international relations, said: 'We're pleased to be helping Maizuru because in return it will help to bring more tourists to England and Portsmouth.'

The council became involved in the quest for Holmes-related masonry after tourism development officer John Gibbs visited Maizuru during a government trade mission.
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