MORE than 70 scarecrows helped to attract a crowd of several hundred people to Hillside over the weekend when the village staged one of the highlights of its calendar.
The sixth annual scarecrow festival, organised by the Scouts, Rainbows and Brownies and Hillside Playgroup, has been a runaway success with more entries than ever before.
Committee member Steven Valentine said this year there was a record 76 entries and, aided by good weather, a steady stream of visitors throughout the weekend who enjoyed the Scarecrow Trail through the village as well as stalls, refreshments and further scarecrows in the park.
He said: “We don’t know yet how much we’ve made but it will be over £2,000, which will be divided between the organising groups and we’d like to thank people for coming out in the droves that they did as well as everyone who helped out to make it a success.”
Councillor David May, who lives in the village, praised organisers and entrants for their efforts.
He said: “It was a fantastic community event for not only the local uniformed organisations, who put in a power of work, but it also attracted a lot of people from the village as well as the town.
“What is particularly impressive is the range, imagination and humour involved in so many of the scarecrows around the village and also in the park. I hope they’ve raised lots of money as they greatly deserve it.
Child section - Roller Skater, Elliot Scott; Bride and groom, Hillside Rainbows.
Family section - Medusa, Broadley and Fraser families; Tyranno-Straw-Us Rex (public’s favourite), Lownie Family; Peppa Pig, Mackie Family; Jack Frost, Annandale Family.
Adult section - What’s done in Las Vegas stays in Las Vegas, Ann Murray; Tramp, Jim and Susan Coull.