Bridgetown centre hosts world’s “biggest puzzle”
A puzzle billed as the world’s biggest was unveiled at the Brierley Jigsaw Gallery in Bridgetown on Sunday.
“When we bought it, it was the biggest commercially available puzzle in the world in terms of its size and in terms of the piece count,” Pam Brown said.
Mrs Brown and other descendants of Jessie Brierley, who ran Nelson’s Motel and founded the gallery in 1978, have loaned the 40,320-piece puzzle to the gallery.
The loan is for the school holidays only at this stage but could become permanent.
“If we can get an expanded gallery where these sorts of things can be hung, it will be donated,” Mrs Brown said.
However, the gallery is housed in the council-run Visitor Centre which is facing an uncertain future amid plans for a regional Southern Forests and Blackwood Valley Tourism Organisation.
Former Bridgetown Visitor Centre president Graham Donovan, who ran Nelson’s in the 1980s, has long championed the gallery.
On Sunday he renewed calls for it to be revamped.
“What I’m saying is it’s a massive opportunity,” he said.
“It’s something the community needs to get behind.”
Pip Mills said Sunday’s event would not have been possible without the Brierley family’s generosity and she supported plans to revive the gallery.
“It is a completely unique collection and for a long time members of the community have felt that with some attention it could become a world class tourism destination,” she said.
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