Villagers out in force for 10th Martham Scarecrow Festival

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

A village found itself with more than 100 new residents over the bank holiday weekend - sending feathered foes fleeing in the process.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

For the 10th year in a row, the Martham Scarecrow Festival made the village a no fly zone for crows, instead bringing in families and scores of colourful characters.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

More than 100 scarecrows were erected outside homes, in shop windows and on the streets and visitor came to admire the village people's creations.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

There were scarecrows in the form pub landladies, police officers and cyclists, as well as well known characters like Spiderman, Delboy Trotter and The Hungry Caterpillar, as the people of Martham once again pull out all the stops for the festival.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

The event also saw record numbers of stalls set up on one of the village greens - 49, the highest number ever attracted - and 58 garage sales.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant


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A fun fair on the other green helped make the village abuzz, as families came out to enjoy the festivities.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

Organiser Liz Carpenter said: 'The event was really busy with such a lovely atmosphere. It was our tenth year so we were keen to make it one of the biggest yet, and only one other year has had more scarecrows.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

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'We've had people come from all over to enjoy the festival, one group told me they had come from Kessingland and others from outside as well, so it is lovely to bring people into the village.'

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

With 120 scarecrows entered into the competition, judges were given a difficult task picking a winner, with the first placed scarecrow taking away £100.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

The judges ran the rule over the entries on Sunday and a winner is to be confirmed later in the week.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

Mrs Carpenter added: 'The standard of entry this year has been excellent, as it is every year. The village really gets engaged with the competition and put such imagination into it.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

'I really don't know where they keep getting their ideas from after all these years.'

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2017. Picture: David Hannant - Credit: Archant

This year, part of the proceeds will also go towards a Christmas tree for the village.

'It is really hard work organising the event, but it is well worth it,' added Mrs Carpenter. 'It is a real labour of love and as soon as we are done one year we are already thinking about the next.

'However, it is always a great event for the village.'

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