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Sedgefield invaded by scarecrows
A SCARECROW festival created to keep children entertained during the summer holidays could become an annual event after being embraced by residents of all ages.
The event in Sedgefield, County Durham, was held for the first time last year to raise money for then-mayor Coun John Robinson’s charity appeal in aid of The Butterwick Hospice and local charities.
Coun Robinson and wife Maxine, who organised the festival, found it was so popular they repeated it at the weekend.
She said: “Last year we hoped youngsters would create scarecrow characters so not to get bored towards the end of the school break.
“There was such a great response last year we put it on again, there were 40 scarecrows at 28 properties and the quality was amazing.
“A lot of time and imagination went into them and visitors have come from all over to see them.
“People of all ages have enjoyed taking part and touring, it is a real family thing now and we think it will become an annual event.”
Maps and refreshments sold at the weekend raised money for St Edmund’s Church and Sedgefield Community Association.
Visitors who toured the displays voted for their favourites- with a winner and runner up for both the adults’ and children’s choices.
The adult vote was won by Fantasia starring Mickey Mouse, which was created by Sharon, Ryan, George and Hannah Davey, of The Leas. George and the Dragon by Cameron and Brody Dobinson, of Rectory Row, came second.
Youngsters selected a gingerbread man by Amelia and Elsa Pilling, of The Square, as their top creation and the runner up was Red Riding Hood by Ray and Alison Manning, of Croft Street.
Jay Brown, 11, and his father, phil, of Whitehouses Drive, with Shrek and Spiderman figures
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