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A baker has used his loaf to create a stop motion film to commemorate the arrival of the Tour de France .

Evidently the 4am starts and hours spent in a hot kitchen were not enough for Slaithwaite-based Handmade Bakery director Dave Lomax, who is behind the six minute Playmobile epic.

He spent four weeks and 12 hours filming the piece, Little Ralph’s Big Day Out, which follows a family as they get ready to watch the Grand Depart and is named after one of the shop’s most regular customers.

The music is from Kraftwek's Tour de France album which you can buy on Google Play here and iTunes here.

Dave Lomax of The Handmade Bakery in Slaithwaite with the Playmobil characters who star in his animated video, Little Ralph's Big Day Out.
 

Despite never having used a stop-motion camera before, he rose to the challenge after deciding that he wanted to do something different in tribute to the massive event , which will pass closest to the village in Lockwood and Honley.

Dave raided his nephew’s Playmobile collection to undertake the painstaking venture and used over 300 pieces to recreate the bakery and its staff and surrounding areas including the notorious Holme Moss , where the family gather with crowds to watch the cyclists pass.

He used a webcam and stop motion software to bring his creations to life and then sound tracked it with Kraftwerk’s Tour de France before uploading his invention to Youtube.

Dave said: “I got the idea when I saw my nephew’s Playmobile set. I like to try my hand at new things so thought it would be a good challenge.

 

“It took quite a lot of effort and I got a lot of body parts sent through the post, which was a bit odd but it was really fun to do.

“I grew up listening to Kraftwerk and it was the obvious sound track choice for what I was doing.

“I made it for a bit of fun initially but it’s already got thousands of views on our Facebook page, so it’s turned out to be quite a good marketing tool too.

“I know that the Grand Depart isn’t coming through the Colne Valley but it’s coming as close as it’s ever going to get and we’re all getting quite excited about it at the bakery and have already hung up our own yellow bike.”

To find out more visit the Handmade Bakery on Facebook here.

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