WHILE many of us might have tried our hand at a miniature model kit we got for Christmas once, few will ever get to these heights. Matchstick model fanatic Brian Wherry has used an astonishing 1million matches to build versions of famous buildings around the world. Among the amazing creations in the retired carpenter’s home are the Sydney Opera House, Exeter Cathedral and Liverpool’s Royal Liver Building. Mr Wherry buys matchsticks in bags of 10,000 and has used more than 1million of them over the eight years that he has been building models.                                                                         –GN

PROUD CREATIONS: Brian is pictured with some of his completed matchstick models, including Exeter Cathedral (left), the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool (right) and the Empire State Building (centre bottom).