Scarecrow show set to entertain

Johnson Ad Feature. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112935'20/07/11
Johnson Ad Feature. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112935'20/07/11

MUSTON is set for another scarecrow spectacular after the launch of this year’s annual celebration today.

More than 100 decorated characters have taken to the village’s streets for the Muston Scarecrow Festival.

Johnson Ad Feature. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112935'20/07/11

Johnson Ad Feature. Picture Dave Kettlewell. 112935'20/07/11

Featuring movie stars, cartoon figures, musicians and even politicians, the festival has attracted thousands of visitors to the village to marvel at the special scarecrows.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, who helps organise the event, said it had again proved popular with residents whose creative nous had produced some very original characters, including a full size Shire horse and silent movie legends Laurel and Hardy.

He touched upon the festival’s popularity and said the trend was set continue after a number of bus companies had contacted him about attending the event.

Cllr Allanson, who is also a member of Muston Millennium Committee, added: “Everyone has been really busy and we are all hoping the weather will stay kind and the rain clears up.

“We have all worked hard to get our scarecrows finished and sales of straw in the village have soared to cope with the demand.

“In this last week I’ve been spending most of my time down ladies’ tights!

“It sounds silly but that is the best way to stuff the scarecrows and they do look brilliant again.

“The Shire horse will be ploughing the ground on one of the village greens.

“It was made by Mal Magson, the chairman of the Scarecrow Festival Committee, and is truly a sight to behold.”

There will also be some special extra displays in the parish church on the theme of countrylife.

These can be viewed every during the festival, between 10.30am and 6pm, except tomorrow and Sunday, 31 July when the display will be on show from 11am.

All money raised from the festival will go to local projects including Muston Cricket Club, the village hall, the Monday Club and the village young farmers’ group.