Annual Scarecrow Festival a big hit for its sixteenth year running

The Norland Scarecrow Festival was as big as ever this year and the bright September weather saw a huge weekend for all the family.

The scarecrow entries are displayed throughout the village and visitors can vote for their favourites.

Norland Scarecrow Festival. From the left, Caroline Sykes, Dylan Sykes, three, Jon Sykes and Isaac Sykes, five.

Norland Scarecrow Festival. From the left, Caroline Sykes, Dylan Sykes, three, Jon Sykes and Isaac Sykes, five.

Among these entries were a number of Disney inspired scarecrows, including The Little Mermaid and The Jungle Book, fitting in with this year’s ‘Song’ theme.

Prizes were handed out for makers of the most popular scarecrows, the front runners including ‘I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside’ and ‘Happy’ ,inspired by Illuminations’ Despicable Me.

To be entered into a free £100 voucher prize draw, visitors were challenged to guess the anagram of a word.

The letters making this anagram could be found on the wooden spoons held by some of the scarecrows, which had letters painted on.

The festival also featured performances from Hebden Bridge Junior and Friendly Brass Band in Memorial Park followed by continued celebrations on Shaw Lane Field which hosted children’s fun rides.

Vice-chair of the Norlands Scarecrow Festival, Mandy Lyons, said: “We have been blessed with fine weather this year for our festival which meant our visitor numbers have been high especially on Sunday.

“With a fantastic happy atmosphere we are hoping for one of our best years for fund raising.”

The festival raises money by selling “trail sheets” - a map produced by the organisers pinpointing the pre-decided locations of the scarecrows.

The charities that have benefited from the funds from the festival include Macmillan Cancer Support, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the local Children’s Hospice.

The Norland Scarecrow Festival has raised more than £50,000 for these charities over its 16 years and also many more local facilities including Norland Church and the Pensioners Lunch Club.

Mandy added: “Each year we are always thrilled to see how many visitors we get and to see all the smiling faces from seeing the scarecrows.”