Musical theme hits the right note at Scarecrow Festival

Norland Scarecrow Festival
Norland Scarecrow Festival
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The hills were alive with the sound of musicals this weekend, as the annual Scarecrow Festival made its mark on Norland village for the 15th year.

From Rocky Horror and Grease-themed displays to all-singing, all-dancing Beauty and the Beast, Sweeney Todd and Willy Wonka scarecrows - the villagers created wacky and wonderful displays for visitors to enjoy.

Alongside the Scarecrow trail, visitors could also enjoy a fun fair, face painting, performances from the Friendly and Hebden Bridge bands, as well as delicious refreshments served at St. Luke’s Church and Rough Hey Farm.

Despite rain on Saturday, many still turned out to enjoy all the festival had to offer and the wet weather was the perfect accompaniment to a Singing in the Rain inspired scarecrow, complete with umbrellas.

Visitor Emily Dawrant, from Sowerby Bridge, said: “It’s great, we love the scarecrows and we come every year.

“It’s good for the local community.”

As the rain made way for sunshine on Sunday, even more people turned out to enjoy the displays and there were queues to enter the village.

Maxine Garbutt, one of the organisers of the festival, said: “We were really busy and had loads of people walking around.

“Everyone seems to have had a really good time.

“The scarecrows were excellent as they are every year- we’ve had music, water and now anamatronics so they’re definitely raising the bar.”

The money raised from the festival will be distributed locally to a number of projects and charities.