Norland scarecrows put down roots

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Families can enjoy a trip out over the weekend with the return of the Norland Scarecrow Festival.

It runs from today through to Monday and around 60 scarecrows will be dotted around the hill-top village providing a wonderful scenic walk.

Jeanette Thompson, left, and Sue Woodhouse prepare for the Norland Scarecrow Festival.

Jeanette Thompson, left, and Sue Woodhouse prepare for the Norland Scarecrow Festival.

The theme for 2013 is “Films” and scarecrows have been made by villagers and local schools.

The event is centred on Shaw Lane playing fields where there is free parking, a bouncy castle, and a marquee housing the information centre.

It’s a free event but visitors are encouraged to make a contribution for a scarecrow trail sheet which details the full route and sections of it.

There will also be a free bus sponsored by Stoney Wood Motors running the main part of the trail on Saturday and Sunday.

Refreshments including cream teas will be served on Saturday and Sunday at Norland Parish Church and at the other end of the village at Rough Hey Farm - where more free parking is available.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon there will also be brass band music from Hebden Bridge Junior Band and Friendly Band in the memorial garden.

Andrew Garbett, one of the organisers, appealed for motorists to use the free parking and not block the narrow lanes.

Money raised will go towards village projects and charities.