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Hampton Scarecrow Festival organisers hoping for flurry of entries

Scarecrows will be taking over the streets of a Solihull village over the next week

Scarecrows will be taking over the streets of a Solihull village over the next week.

The competition to find the finest straw man (or woman) in Hampton-in-Arden attracted over 85 entries last year.

And Hampton Community Crafts, who will be judging the second scarecrow spectacular, are hoping to top the total number of tatie-bogles this time round.

Last year’s event, to coincide with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, had the theme of British Kings and Queens - although a reverend, a postman and a ‘scared crow’ were among the other mannequins to appear.

This year, the event will have a pantomime theme, with straw-stuffed Cinderellas and raffia rascals like King Rat among the likely entries.

David Griffiths, one of the organisers, said: “We’re hoping to have even more entries this year. Last time people worked very hard.”

Judging will take place on May 30-31, ahead of the festival programme which gets underway on June 1.

Organisers aim to recapture the spirit of the Jubilee celebrations last year, which brought the community closer together.

The village fete will take place on June 1 from 11am, with stalls, games, a cake competition in the scout hut and a raffle.

In the evening, there will be a Last Night of the Proms-style concert by the AD Concert Band (£7.50 for adults, children free).

On Sunday, June 2, the Rev Duncan Ballard will perform an open air church service at 11am, followed by the Big Lunch at 12.30pm.

The festival takes place at the village sports ground. To find out more go to www.hamptoninarden.org.uk

 

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