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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

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Scarecrows invade north Cumbria village

You would be excused for thinking it was the red carpet lineup for the Oscars or Grammy awards as Wetheral played host to a group of world famous movie stars and singing sensations.

Scarecrow trail photo
Mike McKeown with sons Leo, top, Joseph, left, and Jacob and their Star Wars-themed scarecrow display

The village, near Carlisle, welcomed stars from all over the world as part of their annual scarecrow trail.

The scarecrow icons from film, sport, music and television played a starring role in the trail which attracted over 100 visitors over the weekend.

It was the second time the village has held a scarecrow trail, which organisers started last year as part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

This year’s contest had a celebrity theme with stars such as Beyoncé, Michael Jackson, Ant and Dec, Marilyn Monroe, Nelson Mandela, Miss Piggy, Captain Jack Sparrow, Bradley Wiggins, plus Star Wars duo Princess Lea and R2D2, being recreated by villagers.

Stephen Daniel, the trail’s organiser, said: “This is just a good way to have a bit of fun, bring people to the village and bring those who live here closer together. It’s also a good fundraiser as well as we have been trying to raise money for a new village hall and all the proceeds from this will go to that.

“People have just been making them on their own in their spare time over the last few weeks, they look really good.”

He admitted most of the scarecrows were ‘pretty obvious’ but some were “a little more obscure”.

“I think people have enjoyed it, there certainly were a lot of trail maps sold and it was pretty busy all weekend,” he added.

Visitors could buy a trail map from a number of places in the village which guided them around Wetheral pointing out where the 28 scarecrows were being displayed.

Although fun was the aim of the game, visitors were also challenged to guess who each scarecrow was meant to be, with the best score receiving a prize.

A team of three judges made up of villagers then cast their eye over the creations to decide which ones would be named the best in show, with prizes for the winners donated from The Crown Hotel, Fantails restaurant and the Wheatsheaf pub.

The event was part of the Wetheral Arts Week.

The village hosted a variety performance show on Saturday evening and a play on Friday.

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