Giant Dalek invades Cheshire countryside

35ft straw version of The Doctor's greatest enemy unveiled at Snugbury's in Nantwich

Ian Cooper Hannah Sadler, of Snugbury's ice cream shop, with a dalek wafer
Hannah Sadler, of Snugbury's ice cream shop, with a dalek wafer

Sci-fi fans and ice cream lovers unite at Snugbury's near Nantwich this summer as the firm has unveiled its frightfully good straw sculpture.

The Dalek standing out in the Hurleston field is not likely to exterminate passers-by, but is sure to delight young and old as the Doctor Who series celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Hundreds of visitors have already flocked to marvel at the 35ft creation, which weighs in at little over six tonnes.

 

Snugbury's marketing manager Hannah Sadler said the response had been fantastic.

"This was the idea that was suggested most by customers, particularly with the anniversary in mind.

"The Royal baby was a contender too, but this was the most popular choice, and we thought it would look pretty cool too."

Snugbury's has been erecting its giant straw sculptures for more than 10 years, but this one is by far the most advanced yet.

It features two fully movable parts - the head and the gun - and also includes audio.

 

It is the brainchild of engineer Mike Harper, whose team of volunteers have put in an estimated 700 man hours to bring the creation to life.

Hannah said: "It was Mike who suggested that it should move, so really he set himself that challenge.

"It's been absolutely packed. Yesterday (Wednesday) people were beeping their horns and waving - it's been brilliant."

Snugbury's have also introduced a special 'daLick' cone, with a percentage of the proceeds from their sales being donated to Cancer Research UK.

 
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