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Derbyshire village recreated using Christmas cake

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image captionThe buildings have fairy lights shining in their windows

A village has been recreated in edible form - using Christmas cake, icing and marzipan - to raise money towards restoring a church roof.

Villagers in Youlgrave in Derbyshire pitched in by donating ingredients then sharing out the 35 cakes to bake in their ovens.

Keen cake maker Lynn Nolan then cut, shaped and iced the incredibly detailed 16 buildings with skilled helpers.

Baking began back in June, and the icing alone took 387 hours.

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image captionThe Peak Feast bakery includes a multitude of tiny treats
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image captionThe miniature baked goods - including Battenburg, marble cake and carrot cake - are all edible
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image captionKeen cake maker Lynn Nolan decorated the cakes with skilled helpers

Mrs Nolan, a retired florist, said: "I kept finding eggs in my little porch and little old ladies would come to the door with a packet of sugar and butter.

"We also got a mystery man phone up and say whatever the shortfall was he would provide it, because he owned a bakery."

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image captionSixteen buildings have been recreated as cakes

The cakes are still edible because they have been soaked in whisky, which preserves them.

"I've eaten one after five years and it was fine," Mrs Nolan said.

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image captionThe cakes are being auctioned to raise money for All Saints Church - which has itself been recreated in cake

The models are on display at All Saints Church in the village.

They will be auctioned on 15 December, and the money raised will go towards restoring the church roof.

Barbara Scrivener, from the church, said: "It is all very Christmassy and looks absolutely amazing with lights twinkling from the buildings and Christmas trees scattered around everywhere."

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image captionDifferent cuts of meat can be seen in the butcher's shop window
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image captionFood and drink can be seen on the tables inside and outside of the George Hotel
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image captionThe models are on display at the church from now until just before Christmas

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