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Man city – they milka the cow

Submitted by on August 26, 2010 – 8:40 am15 Comments

No commentary is needed on this story about Derek the Hyde backward, as featured in the increasingly pathetic Chadderton Evening News. Just look at the picture (in glorious full length below). Enjoy his bottom ends and his snide Le Coq shirt and be glad you were born a red…

A dad of one has become a master model-maker – building animals out of discarded fag packets.

Derek Fitton, 46, cuts up the boxes he finds in the street and weaves the cardboard strips into three-dimensional beasts.

His biggest so far is a 5ft 3in giraffe but since learning the technique from his dad he has turned hundreds of boxes into an array of animals.

Derek, from Hyde in Tameside, said: ”I’ve got dogs, a couple of lions, a kangaroo, a big giraffe and I’m currently working on a gorilla that’s going to be as big as me.

“I couldn’t even guess how many cigarette packets have gone into them.

“How long they take to make depends on how long it takes me to collect enough boxes.”

Unemployed Derek, who only smokes roll-ups, collects the packets while out walking his dog. He tries to go as early as possible, before street cleaners come out, and regularly collects up to 50 packets in half an hour.

Derek, of Chapel Court, cuts the top and bottom off the boxes and flattens them.

He cuts the card into strips, which he weaves into squares. The squares are then transformed into animals without any glue or tape.

Derek’s dad, Eric, pioneered the technique in the 1960s, making little dogs.

A cousin told Derek the story and inspired him to have a go. He said: ”I do sometimes think about the effect on the environment. I’ve got that many plastic bags full of boxes and that’s just the start of what’s out there.

“If I wasn’t turning them into animals, they’d have to go somewhere.”

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