Scooby Dooby Doo, where are you?...

Norland Scarecrow Trail pics, Norland.'Scooby Doo
Norland Scarecrow Trail pics, Norland.'Scooby Doo

HE has been missing for a year, and his owners have made an emotional plea for his return.

Scooby Doo was cruelly snatched from his home in Norland at the end of last year’s Scarecrow Festival.

As this year’s festival starts, the creative duo behind the prize-winning creation have appealed for information about who took it.

Scooby snatched first prize along with the gang and their Mystery Machine.

Andrew Garbett spent hours painstakingly making the whole crew and their vehicle.

Wife Maxine was responsible for stuffing the creation.

“He was part of the family,” said Maxine.

They did receive postcards from Scooby, apparently enjoying a world tour. He sent cards from Singapore, New Zealand and closer to home from Manchester and London.

“He never arrived back. We’re really worried he went on his world tour and got lost.”

The couple have battled through their grief to create their entry for this year.

They have paid homage to folk-pop legends Noah and the Whale. Andrew has made an ark and whale, which will be on display from today at their home, which overlooks the village church.

The festival, now in its tenth year, runs until September 5.

This year around 60 scarecrows are expected to be displayed around the village.

Featured guests are expected to include Tom Jones, Lady Gaga and Abba. Trail maps cost £2 and are available from Rough Hey farm, Norland Church and the Scarecrow tent.

Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Scooby is asked to call the Courier newsdesk on 01422 260283.