Norfolk

Giant jigsaw completed as missing pieces are added

Completed jigsaw Image copyright Graham Andrew
Image caption The final four pieces were put in place on Friday and the completed jigsaw cut into sections

A jigsaw puzzle believed to be the largest on the market has been completed after four missing pieces were re-cut and delivered from Spain.

Graham Andrew recruited 200 jigsaw fans to complete the 33,600-piece wildlife puzzle to raise money for charity.

The feat was almost scuppered by the missing parts, which he said may have "got stuck on a granny's cardigan".

The laminated puzzle will be cut into ten sections to be displayed on the walls of Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.

Adrian Chesterman, who painted the wildlife picture and now lives in Fuengirola on the Costa del Sol, contacted Mr Andrew and said he would come to Norwich in January to meet him and see the mounted jigsaw.

Image copyright Graham Andrew
Image caption Pieces were glued onto boards after damage from the cutting was repaired

Mr Andrew and volunteers from across Norfolk spent about two weeks piecing together the 5.7m (18.7ft) by 1.57m (5ft) picture.

The pieces arrived on from Barcelona Thursday.

Image copyright Graham Andrew
Image caption The jigsaw was cut into ten pieces

"We had to cut through the jigsaw puzzle which damaged a lot of the pieces which then had to be carefully repaired. We finished at 00.30 the following morning, some 13 hours later," Mr Andrew said.

Mr Andrew is continuing to raise funds for the hospital children's wards and Reepham nursery by asking people to sponsor puzzle pieces.

The jigsaw will also be taken to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge.

Image copyright Graham Andrew
Image caption Four tiny pieces went missing and "could be anywhere in Norfolk", Mr Andrew said
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Image caption The puzzle features rainforest animals and plants
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Image caption It took about two weeks to "almost" complete the jigsaw
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Image caption Jigsaw fans spent hours puzzling over sections of the jungle scene

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