Scarecrows take over Northumberland village

The stars of stage and screen all came to delight the residents of a sleepy Northumberland village

Scarecrows in the annual Rennington Village scarecrow festival
Scarecrows in the annual Rennington Village scarecrow festival

The stars of stage and screen all came to delight the residents of a sleepy Northumberland village.

Not for real of course, but in scarecrow form.

Rennington, near Alnwick, staged its annual scarecrow festival for the 14th successive year.

The increasingly-popular event sees villagers invited to make scarecrows for display and raise money for good causes.

At the 2013 festival, which ran from Saturday to Monday there were around 30 scarecrow displays.

 

Among them were Simon as part of Rennington’s answer to the X Factor, which included three other judges and five acts.

Willy Wonka and his chocolate factory – complete with oompa loompas, Tonto and the Lone Ranger and Superman were further displays.

There was also Laurel and Hardy, Puss in Boots, and the Showaddydaddys – scarecrow versions of a Showaddywaddy tribute act from Alnwick, members of which posed next to their strawy counterparts on Saturday.

Hundreds of people came to see the scarecrows over the course of the festival, following a trail, some doing a quiz and buying tickets for a charity tombola.

They left donations which are to go towards Rennington Village Hall’s running costs, with the festival organised by the building’s management committee.

Organiser Anne Watson, who was responsible for the Willy Wonka display, last night said the final total had yet to be established but indications were that it would be on a par with last year, when �5,000 was raised.

The event was first held in 1999 as a means of raising money for improvements to the hall.

Anne said: “It has just grown every season.

“They do not all resemble somebody, some of them are just scarecrows!”

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