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Video Update: Aylsham’s human scarecrow story ‘goes global’ and sparks musical tribute

14:41 12 October 2012

Jamie Fox, the musical bird scarer, in his field in Aylsham.
PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Jamie Fox, the musical bird scarer, in his field in Aylsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

© ARCHANT NORFOLK 2012

A young graduate earning a few bob by helping out a farmer in a remote north Norfolk field has sparked international attention, after his story and photo appeared in the EDP last week.

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Human scarecrow Jamie Fox thought he was in for a dull but useful couple of weeks traipsing up and down a field near Aylsham, playing his accordion and clanging a cowbell to keep the partridges at bay.

But the quirky tale has caught the imagination of TV and radio stations, newspapers and magazines around the world.

Media from all over the UK, America, Ireland, Italy and even Australia have wanted to know more about the music and English graduate who has been putting his skills to use frightening away the birds.

Two TV crews - from ITV and the BBC - even beat a path to the 10-acre oilseed rape field owned by north Norfolk farmer William Youngs, where Jamie, 22, who grew up in Aylsham, has been patrolling and playing, in a high-visibility jacket.

Most reporters have made contact with Jamie, mid-field, via his mobile phone, risking a signal interrupted by the Norfolk wind and the chance that he had already done so much talking his phone battery was losing charge.

“I had a rather mad day on Monday in particular,” said Jamie. “I was doing constant radio interviews. I had to turn down Radio Oxford because I didn’t have enough battery left. I feel as if I need to wake up from it all now.”

Although he has found the experience interesting, Jamie, who is saving up to go to New Zealand, said he had not made any money out of his tale so far, although an agent for women’s magazines had offered him a contract for his exclusive story, which he was still considering.

Amid Monday’s media frenzy, Jamie also found time to welcome his old Aylsham High School and Paston College friends, Callum and Kieran Morgan, to his field.

Together with another friend, Sam Evans, the three, whose band is called The Sharps, have written a song about Jamie’s job which the Morgan brothers performed with Jamie accompanying on accordion.

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