Straw-filled festival date for Norland

Adam Ant scarecrow at last year's festival

Adam Ant scarecrow at last year's festival

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Straw-filled olympic heroes and party-goers are set to fill gardens across Norland with the arrival of the Norland Scarecrow Festival.

The event takes place from Friday, August 31 until Monday, Spetember 4.

Now in its 13th year, the scarecrow trail began back in 2000 as a millennium celebration.

It proved so popular, it has become an annual event, organised by the people living in Norland to raise funds for the village and other charities.

Previous year’s events have seen money raised for Yorkshire Air Aumbulance, Overgate Hospice and the West Yorkshiree Forget-Me-Not Trust.

Norland School, St Luke’s Church and The Luncheon Club have also received funds.

There are usually about 80 scarecrows and this year every junior school in Calderdale has been invited to add to the scarecrow count.

All sorts of wild and wonderful straw-filled creations have made appearances in the past.

For last year’s popstars theme, Adam Ant and Freddie Mercury were among the scarecrows.

The trophy for the best scarecrow went to the Elton John exhibit, followed by one of Noah and the Whale in second and in third, Amy Whinehouse.

As it is the Queen’s jubilee year and the year of the Olympics being held in Britain, the theme of this year’s festival is celebrations in 2012.

Visitors will able park up and buy scarecrowtrail sheets for £2 each.

Organisers are also planning a free bus service.

Refreshments will also eb available at Rough Hey Farm on the Saturday and Sunday from 9.30am to 6pm and from Norland Church from the Friday between 9.30am and 7pm.

To enter a scarecrow in this year’s event, contact Linda Kitson via email at johnlindakitson@btinternet.com.