Britain's biggest collection of fridge magnets held by Cardiff man

Tony believes he has the largest collection of fridge magnets in Europe. Credit: Wales News Service

A teacher from Cardiff is chilling out in his retirement - with Britain's biggest collection of 5,000 fridge magnets.

64-year-old Tony Lloyd has amassed fridge magnets from more than 120 countries around the world.

But former schoolmaster Tony ran out of space on his fridge - so has 20 steel panels on his walls in his home for his collection.

He used to stick the magnets to walls in his classroom but after retiring he had to bring 1,000 of them home.

Tony started his collection following a trip to Australia. Credit: Wales News Service

The magnetic mementos now cover most of his kitchen, hallway and dining room at his home in Rhiwbina.

And Tony has shut the door on his collecting yet - he plans to stick to it to build up his magnetic haul.

Keen traveller Tony has been collecting magnets for 30 years after seeing another teacher's collection while on an exchange trip to Australia.

I thought I could start with a collection of magnets from my travels and the first one I got was of Sydney Opera House - I still have it today. I had never noticed them before I went to Australia but when I came back I started seeing them everywhere, so as I traveled around towns in the Britain I would bring back a fridge magnet. It wasn't long before I ran out of space on my fridge and freezer.

Tony Lloyd
Tony Lloyd has 5,000 fridge magnets from over 120 countries. Credit: Wales News Service

Father-of-two Tony, who lives alone, has no idea how much he spent on his collection - or how much they are worth.

Tony now volunteers teaching English as a foreign language and giving walking tours around Cardiff to foreign visitors - and says it has helped boost his collection.

My students and visitors know me for my collection and they bring me fridge magnets as gifts. I was recently took a group of 80 Dutch visitors for a Doctor Who tour and they brought me some fridge magnets. >

Tony Lloyd

Tony believes he has the largest collection of fridge magnets in Europe - but is still a long way off the world record.

He said: "There is a woman in the United States who has 58,000. That'll take some beating."