A global gathering of scarecrows

A global gathering took place in Kelbrook as the village’s annual scarecrow trail attracted them from across the world.

With this year’s theme as “Travelling around the world”, entries were themed on characters from Dublin to Down Under and African Safari to Spain.

Photo: David Hurst'Visitors to the Kelbrook and Sough Village Scarecrow Trail, Laura and Thomas Rowe and Maureen Booth with the Spanish Guitar scarecrow

Photo: David Hurst'Visitors to the Kelbrook and Sough Village Scarecrow Trail, Laura and Thomas Rowe and Maureen Booth with the Spanish Guitar scarecrow

Twenty-nine scarecrows made up the popular family trail this year which attracts folk from miles around.

Winners of the scarecrow competition were Ian and Heather Barnett with their Irishman and runners-up were Adam, Sharon and Maisie Draper with the African Safari scarecrow.

A quiz was also held, won by Amy and Margot Cranham and Poppy Falcon-Walker and all visitors had the chance to enjoy homemade cakes and hearty local food which was being served up in Kelbrook and Sough Village Hall.

Mary Miller, who helps organise the event with Sue Hartley, said: “We had another fantastic weekend despite it being a bit cold.

“A total of £650 has been raised for the village hall. We had a family visit from Hebden Bridge this year so our fame is spreading.

“A big thank to all the people who made soup and baked for us; to those who helped in any way, and those on the craft stall.

“We also had a craft table for children to make scarecrows and masks so thanks to Yvonne for that, it was very busy with the youngsters.

“And a big thank you must go to the people who made scarecrows. We had a fabulous response again and the entries were superb. Next year’s theme is ‘Films’ and is open to interpretation.”