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Photos and results from Wetwang Scarecrow Festival

Organisers of the annual Wetwang Scarecrow Festival said it had been a busy weekend after visitors flocked to the village to enjoy the creative displays on show.

In celebration of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne, one of the main themes for this year’s festival was Royalty through the ages.

This was one of three categories for the creative residents of Wetwang to base their designs upon, with the others being celebrities from TV and film and Other – giving entrants plenty of scope to let their imaginations run wild.

The categories were divided into classes of family, adult, group/business/visiting, newcomer, and for the first time, there was a class for children aged 14 years and younger to put their creative skills to the test.

As usual, Wetwang Village Hall was a hive of activity with the scarecrow café full of home-made goodies, scarecrow merchandise, a tombola, and local handicrafts all on offer.

Carol Albinger from the Wetwang Village Hall Committee, which organises the event, said it had been a fantastic weekend for the village.

She said: “We had 42 official entries, but as usual some extra ones which weren’t entered appeared around the village as well.

“The whole of the four days were very busy, with more visitors than we expected due to it being a busy time with lots of other things happening in the village to celebrate the Platinum Jubilee.

“We had very positive feedback from our visitors, saying it was nice to see the numbers of scarecrows increasing and on Saturday we had a visit from Paul Hudson and Peter Levy.

“I don’t have an exact figure for how much money we have made, but over the four days we have taken in excess of £4,000 for the village hall.”

The winners of the Public Vote were:
1st Prize – King Harold ll Last Anglo Saxon King made by Amy Benson
2nd Prize – Superworm made by Andrew and Cavell McCormack
3rd Prize – The Queen’s Dogs made by Katherine Jakeman

The Deep Blue Restaurant’s Prize was won by The Queen’s Dogs made by Katherine Jakeman and the vote for the best decorated house for the jubilee was won by Diane Pugh.

The winning scarecrows were:
Royalty through the Ages – Family
1st – One in the eye for King Harold by The Wager Family
2nd – Naughty Corgis by The Day Family
3rd – Queen of Hearts by Suzy Atkinson

Royalty through the Ages – Adult
1st – King Harold ll Last Anglo Saxon King by Amy Benson
2nd – Queen Elizabeth the First by David & Lynne Holmes
3rd – The Queen – A walk round the estate by A Fairley & Family

Royalty through the Ages – Group/Business/Visiting
1st – New Beginnings by Rev Jackie Tonkin
2nd – Our Queen by Wetwang School
3rd – Jubilee Lilibut Lampshade by Angela Ducker

Royalty through the Ages – Newcomer
1st – The Queen’s Dogs by Katherine Jakeman
2nd – Bonnie Prince Charlene (Gender fluid) by Tina Fewster
3rd – Queen’s Pets by Jan Jeffray

Celebrities/TV & Film– Family
1st – The Hairy Bikers by Mags, Dave & Family
2nd – Don’t Blame the Weatherman by Monty/Freddie/Fergus Johnston
3rd – Woody, Hamm and the L.G.Ms by Sue Ward

Celebrities/TV & Film – Adult
1st – Worzel Gummidge (the new one) by Joan Scott

Celebrities/TV & Film – Group/Business/Visiting
1st – Assistant Who? By Laurabeth, Amanda & Catherine
2nd – Windy Miller – Camberwick Green by Ruth Jackman
3rd – Queen by Deep Blue Restaurants

Other – Family
1st – Walter Strawman by The Dees
2nd – Worzel Gummidge by Emily & Julie Potts
3rd – Tractor Ted by Faye Penn

Other – Adult
1st – Prickly Tales by Tatton Spikes the Hedgehog by Lynn Beaumont
2nd – Stick Welder by Steve Albinger
3rd – Merlin and Friends by Bruno

Other – Group/Business/Visiting
1st – The Queen Bee by Wetwang Pre-School

Other – Young Person
1st – Stickman by Faye Penn

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