Scarecrow festival returns to village

Alice Morton, 18, of Seaside Lane, with one of the scarecrows from last year.
Alice Morton, 18, of Seaside Lane, with one of the scarecrows from last year.
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VILLAGERS are busy creating scarecrows ahead of an annual contest.

The second Easington Village Scarecrow Competition will be held next month and is expected to be another big hit.

Organiser, Alice Morton, 18, decided to launch the event last year and was astounded with the success.

She had expected a few people to join in, but never imagined more than 40 residents, along with schoolchildren, would take part.

The Seaside Lane student said: “Everyone is really excited about it, people have been asking for months when it is on.

“Everyone is throwing themselves into it and there have even been scarecrow-making workshops.

“Everyone is keeping quiet about what they are making, because they don’t want anyone to know before they are displayed.”

But a farmer in the village says he is going to try to make a giant teddy bear out of straw bails for the event.

Last year four of the scarecrows were stolen, so police beat bobbies have agreed to check up on theduring the three-day competition.

Alice said: “Last year the police got lots of calls about homeless and drunk people in the village, but they were the scarecrows.”

The former Easington Academy pupil, who will be heading off to university in Leeds shortly, said she decided to start the competition in a bid to bring the community together and it had done just that.

She said: “I went to speak to the children at Easington CE Primary School and they were all very excited, telling me what they were going to make and that their mams and dads are taking part.”

Also on board this year are pupils from Glendene Arts Academy and Easington Colliery Primary School, as well as the Brownies and Guides.

The scarecrows need to be up for display by Friday, September 19. Judging will take place the following day and on Sunday, the winners will be announced and prizes awarded at Seaton Holme, the headquarters of Easington Village Parish Council.

There are a number of categories, including Best Show Stopper, Best 
Comedy entry and Best Theme.

Entry forms are available from The Half Moon, the village Post Office, Seaton Holme, The Village Inn and the newsagents. They must be handed in by September 12.

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