December 12 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, September 15, 2013
Scarecrows off all shapes and sizes took over a north Suffolk village this the weekend.
More than 60 weird and wonderful creations were on display during Reydon’s fourth annual scarecrow trail.
Among the entries was a 14 foot replica of Roald Dahl’s Big Friendly Giant (BFG), a tightrope walking acrobat, a child mid-bounce on a trampoline and a little girl on a swing, which moved eerily in the wind.
There was also a shocked electrician, a group around a camp fire, the bird man of Alcatraz complete with mock prison, and a beach scene in St Margaret’s Church bell tower, created by the bell ringers.
A mechanised scarecrow, named Hurray Henry, proved popular with children as it lifted its arm to take a swig from a can and an ethereal-looking scarecrow entwined in a tree and named The Spirit of the Rowan Tree was also a hit.
A suspender-clad effigy, based on Freddie Mercury’s frustrated housewife in the Queen hit I Want to Break Free, also raised a few smiles and one or two eyebrows.
Sarah Britten helped to organise the event, which was rasing funds towards the cost of Reydon’s Christmas lights.
She said the poor weather had discouraged visitors from attending but there was still quite a few people about.
“We had lots of people out and there were families going round on bikes,” she said. “I was talking to a family who had come from Halstead and there was a farmer from Norfolk that was wandering around the village hall. He was asking one of our scarecrow makers if they could make him a bride and groom scarecrow for outside the church at a wedding.”