December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 26, 2013
It will have been a very brave bird that visited one west Norfolk village over the weekend as it was taken over by an army of scarecrows.
Wolferton, on the Royal Estate, was once again taken over by straw-stuffed characters for the two-yearly Scarecrow Festival.
The event sees the village come together to display a variety of weird and wonderful creations along the road which runs through Wolferton.
As well as providing free entertainment the festival raises money for the village and some local charities.
Organiser Marilyn Jones, who is the church warden at St Peter Church, Wolferton, said: “The joy for me is seeing the children running around enjoying themselves.
“I think the family happiness it brings is wonderful and it has got educational value as well.
“People can have an educational, fun and enjoyable day without having to spend a lot of money.
“The festival also raises for local charities, some money goes to the social club and the church but we also raise for local charities. This year we are raising for Norfolk Hospice Tapping house and the Prince’s Trust.
The festival first came about in 2001 after a village resident saw a similar festival held in Yorkshire and has been run on alternate years ever since.
Scarecrows included the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge along with Prince George, boy band One Direction and daredevil Evil Knievil.
There was plenty of entertainment as well as the scarecrows with face painting, a Punch and Judy show, a raffle and many more stalls.
Lynda Roberts, 64, from Jermyn Road, King’s Lynn, was enjoying the walk with her grandson Jack, six.
She said: “It’s really good. Jack seems to be really enjoying it.
“It’s nice to have a free day, there aren’t many places you can go and enjoy yourself that are free these days.”
The Wolferton Scarecrow Festival continues today.