The ‘Big Ben’ clock tower is normally a landmark you associate with London not Cheshire! Yet motorist passing along the A51 Chester Road to Nantwich have been stunned by a 70ft replica of Big Ben made from 500 bales of straw. The “Little Ben” as locals are calling it , even has a working clock face that illuminates at night just like it’s big brother in London.

The design is the latest in a long line of straw sculptures which appear at Snugburys Ice Cream parlour at Park Farm, near Nantwich every summer. We think it’s a fantastic marketing idea and so does the English press, today Snugburys Ice Cream parlour got full page spread in the Daily Express national newspaper. Not a bad return on a few hundred bales of straw, I expect to see more of ‘Little Ben’ over the coming weeks as I’m sure it will get more media attention during the newspapers ‘Silly Season’. Click here for the location of Little Ben. Click image below for copyright free photos of ‘Little Ben’ taken by me after a quick visit to Snugburys!

Click here for 7 copyright free photographs of the straw big ben