56 scarecrow displays thrill people at Hickling

Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle won the Mayor's Award for best scarecrow of the weekend PHOTO: Tim Williams
Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle won the Mayor's Award for best scarecrow of the weekend PHOTO: Tim Williams
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Hundreds of visitors to Hickling enjoyed imaginative scarecrow displays which graced gardens and open spaces throughout the village at the weekend.

Each year the festival has a special theme. And this year villagers responded to the challenge by coming up with brilliant and amusing scarecrows depicting characters from nursery ryhmes and fairytales.

Four-year-old Eliza Blanchard had no trouble spotting the Little Red Riding Hood scarecrow display PHOTO: Tim Williams

Four-year-old Eliza Blanchard had no trouble spotting the Little Red Riding Hood scarecrow display PHOTO: Tim Williams

Margaret Wooley, who is a member of the organising committee, said: “We had 56 displays, all different and all unique.

“The weather was foul and cold on Sunday but lovely on Saturday afternoon.

“Other highlights included clog dancers, a street chariot parade and race, a Punch and Judy show, childen’s games and a Hickling hop and hog roast event.

“The festival is in its 17th year now and raised funds for Marie Curie and the building of a parents’ room, for the children’s ward at the Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham.

“The Mayor of Rushcliffe, who attended, decided his favourite scarecrow scene was The Tale of Mrs.Tiggy-Winkle from Beatrix Potter.”