A HEADTEACHER has hailed the local community after they came together to organise an "awesome" scarecrow trail to raise money for the school.

Castle Carrock village was filled with a host of scarecrow characters over the weekend as residents, school staff and pupils competed to win the best in show.

They ranged from dogs, tigers to "naughty schoolchildren".

Many people, all observing social distancing rules flocked to have a look at the spectacle.

The primary school and parents organised an 'anything goes' themed event with prizes for the winners.

The competition was held at the weekend by the school staff and parents in a bid to raise funds.

The school is looking to raise £3,000 for an outdoor canopy so children can do more learning outdoors.

On Facebook the school announced it had raise £250 towards the total for the event.

The theme was 'anything goes' and it cost £5 to enter.

There was 19 entries scattered throughout the village.

First place went to Becky Dunn with Winnie the dog.

Second place was Bob a Job by N Clift and S Fryer.

And third place was The Tiger Who Came to Tea by Heather Smith, pictured.

Headteacher Rebecca Stacey said: "It was awesome, there was 19 scarecrows in total in the little village.

"Lots of people came, all socially distancing.

"It was really nice to see the community supporting the school.

"At the end of the day the people that came along voted for their favourites."

Ms Stacey added: "We are trying to raise money for an outdoor learning area where they can have lessons

"This is something which I think it is especially important when taking into account the coronavirus situation at the moment."

This weekend the school and parents are putting on another fundraising drive.

Soon they will be baking cakes and making sandwiches to provide afternoon packs for people to collect and eat at home.

The afternoon teas costs £10.

Anyone who would like to order order one, ring the school on 01228 670393.

Alternatively email: admin@castlecarrock.cumbria.sch.uk

The primary school also has a JustGiving page.

Anyone who would like to help the school with its fundraising go online to: www.justgiving.com/castlecarrockschoolfriends