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Scarecrows take over Eaton for annual competition

PUBLISHED: 09:18 12 July 2015 | UPDATED: 09:18 12 July 2015

The annual Eaton Residents' Association Scarecrow Festival. From left, brothers and sister, Charlie, 9; Henry, 7; Lily, 11; and George Kerrison, 13, with their scarecrow at Lilliput. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The annual Eaton Residents' Association Scarecrow Festival. From left, brothers and sister, Charlie, 9; Henry, 7; Lily, 11; and George Kerrison, 13, with their scarecrow at Lilliput. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Move over Worzel Gummidge - these snappily-dressed figures were on parade in Eaton over the weekend.

The annual Eaton Residents' Association Scarecrow Festival. Ben Stevens, 12, with his Map Man scarecrow he made. Picture: DENISE BRADLEYThe annual Eaton Residents' Association Scarecrow Festival. Ben Stevens, 12, with his Map Man scarecrow he made. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The neighbourhood, in the south of Norwich, hosted its annual scarecrow competition, with more than 20 families and businesses taking part.

Entries ranged from straw-filled backpackers to a recreated scene from Gulliver’s Travels, under the theme of ‘around the world’.

Organiser Chris Stebbing, 56, said: “The designs have been very good and the quality has been fantastic. Clearly a lot of work has gone into each entry.”

From the 25 that entered, a panel of three judges had to pick just three winners. In first place was “Rupert’s Gap Yah” by the Parker family of Denmead Close. Their creation featured a backpacker sitting on a chair.

Second place went to teenager Ben Stephens, of Burhill Close, with an entry made entirely from maps. In third was the Cooke family of Chestnut Hill, with their four straw rugby players.

Mr Stebbing, of Eaton Village Residents’ Association, said other entries also caught his eye, including a scarecrow tied to the ground with Barbie and Action Men figures surrounding it, in a scene reminiscent of Gulliver’s Travels. The winners will receive a certificate and garden centre vouchers next week.

The competition was set up in 2009 to bring the community together. Mr Stebbing added: “The village is a like a suburb of Norwich, where people go to work during the day, come back and night and don’t see each other a lot. This is about raising community spirit, getting people out and talking together.”

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