Kelbrook Scarecrow Trail hailed as best yet

Christine Elley's 'Homer Alone' creation was the runner-up in the Kelbrook Scarecrow Trail. (S)
Christine Elley's 'Homer Alone' creation was the runner-up in the Kelbrook Scarecrow Trail. (S)

“Crumbs - we’ll have to bake again!” was the cry from organisers of the annual Kelbrook Scarecrow Trail midway through the most successful event to date.

But fortunately, after the kitchen sold out of homemade cakes and food on Saturday, it was restocked and ready for Sunday as folk flocked to the two day spectacular which raised £860 for Kelbrook and Sough Village Hall.

Andrea and Gary Slinger's 'Despicable Me' scarecrows were voted the best in the annual Kelbrook Scarecrow Trail. (S)

Andrea and Gary Slinger's 'Despicable Me' scarecrows were voted the best in the annual Kelbrook Scarecrow Trail. (S)

Twenty-eight scarecrows were on show with year’s theme being “films” and it was the animated designs which seemed to draw in the crowds, with the three prizes going to animated film creations.

Andrea and Gary Slinger’s “Despicable Me” design was voted as the best entry while Christine Elley’s “Homer Alone” scarecrow was the runner up.

There was also a highly commended category for the first time, with Lindsay and Finn Robinson claiming the prize for their “Charlotte’s Web” scarecrow.

Patrick Lovell and Preston Nutter won the quiz and Mary Miller, one of the organisers of the popular weekend, was left reflecting on the best so far.

She said: “We had a fabulous response from everyone. We sold out of everything on the first day and had to re-bake. That has not happened before.

“It was a great weekend, the weather was quite pleasant and people and families came out to support it.

“We have so many excellent entries and introduced the highly commended category this year. With three prizes, we are just trying to encourage people to keep entering each year.

“I would just like to say a big thank you to everybody who supported it, baked or helped out in any way, and also to Kelbrook Church who also got involved with a picture trail of their own.

“Next year’s theme is ‘TV celebrities’ so we await to see what people think up.”