Scarecrow festival set for opening

THE countdown is on for this year’s Muston Scarecrow Festival.

The internationally-acclaimed event takes place between Saturday, July 23 and Sunday, July 31, with organisers hoping for a bumper turnout.

Last year’s event saw more than 100 scarecrows on show, with the Queen and Prince Philip beating Winston Churchill to the top spot.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, one of the festival’s organisers, expected similar standards this year.

He said: “During the festival the village is taken over by scarecrows of all shapes, colours and sizes.

“There is a real sense of village pride in the event, which last year attracted well over 10,000 visitors, despite the inclement weather.

“Most of this year’s scarecrows remain a closely guarded secret but I am aware of one entry - you could say Muston goes in for sustainability by harnessing horse power to plough the fields.”