Chocolatier Simon Dunn recently created a life-size version of former Manchester United and England star David Beckham using 50 kilos of chocolate.

The idea came about when Simon, 47, decided he needed to do something special to mark his 25th year in business. With the help of his team of chocolatiers Simon spent three long months toiling over the sculpture at his Hazel Grove shop.

The AC Milan star was crafted out of 14 moulds and specialist sculpting tools.

"It's probably been the most challenging thing we've ever done. It is the 25th year of our business so we knew we had to do something special," said Simon.

Everyone loves chocolate and not surprisingly the sculpture proved to be a very popular window display - especially with the ladies.

Simon's son Oliver, 25, who worked at the Wilmslow, Glossop and Hazel Grove shops said: "It received a top reaction and the girls were especially mad for it. They all wanted to eat him. But it's a bit of fun really.

"It's been great fun and it put smiles on people's faces.

"We are United fans. We really like David. We phoned the FA about what we were doing and apparently Becks really loved the idea.

"We have a real passion for chocolate and we're always looking for challenging things to make.

"We started out with a model mannequin and then we commissioned a mould manufacturer who made 14 moulds for us. Then we got to work with sculpting tools to add the finer details of the design."