Captain Tom, the NHS and even Zoom calls were all featured in a topical village scarecrow competition.

Chairman of the Flimby Carnival Committee,which organises the annual competition said the turnout this year was “fantastic.”

She said: “The number and quality was great. I think people had more time this year because of the lockdown and the things that have become important to us were the things that were a big part of this year’s competition.”

The Flimby Children’s Carnival was cancelled in July becaue of the lockdown.

Organisers had hoped to have a fund day for village children in September but secretary Karen Markham said the committee was waiting for Government guidance before a decision could be made on whether to go ahead.

The scarecrow competition was judged by Maryport Peter Kendall and Miss Tindall.

Mr Kendall said: “I have been truly impressed [- not only by the standard of the scarecrows but how up-to-date and topical they were.So much work must have gone into them.”

Although special prizes were awarded, every scarecrow received something, organisers said.

Results were:

TV programmes: Featherstone family’s Malificent 1, Humpty Dumpty 2 and Minion 2.

Group: The Ostle family’s Ruba Dub Dub 1, Magic Man 2 and Pirate 3.

Under 16: Steel family’s Moana 1, Beetlejuice 2 and Spiderman 3.

Humour: Suzanne Mckeown’s One for the Road and Flimby Girls’ Brigade’s Where’s Wally 1st equal/ Zoom meeting 2, and Furlough farmer 2.

This year there was a special category for heroes, inspired by the pandemic.

The winners were: Michelle Hodgson’s Captain Tom 1, NHS nurse 2 and a nurse and Captain Tom3.