Scarecrow festival brings out the stars!

Norland Scarecrow Festival.'From the left, Martha Jones, six, Emily Jones, 11, and Seth Jones, five.

Norland Scarecrow Festival.'From the left, Martha Jones, six, Emily Jones, 11, and Seth Jones, five.

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A star-studded cast of scarecrows greeted families walking around Norland.

The theme for the annual festival was “Films” and attracted nearly 70 entries.

And, the competition was opened up to accept scarecrows from out of the village which boosted numbers and creative designs.

Committee member Keith Woodhouse said it was a busy weekend with many visitors turning out.

“Some of the scarecrows were quite elaborate and others quite simple,” he said.

Trail sheets were sold and people were encouraged to vote for their favourite scarecrow and take part in a scarecrow puzzle.

Over the last 13 years the festival has raised over £40,000 which has been given to local charities and village projects which has included a £20,000 donation to Shaw Lane children’s play park.

Many walkers took a well-earned break as refreshments were served at Norland Church, Norland WMC and Rough Hey Farm.

Mr Woodhouse said the event was established to celebrate the millennium and was great for the community.

“It creates a community spirit where people get to know each other.”