Scarecrows at Hickling had people in stitches of laughter

No-one had any trouble spotting Wallace and Gromit in the crowd PHOTO: Tim Williams
No-one had any trouble spotting Wallace and Gromit in the crowd PHOTO: Tim Williams

Visitors to Hickling over the weekend could have been forgiven for thinking the village had doubled in size.

In gardens throughout the community legendary straw stuffed characters from the British comedy scene appeared for the village’s 16th annual scarecrow festival.

Seven-year-old Jack Pell and dad Joe visit Del Boy and Rodney Trotter PHOTO: Tim Williams

Seven-year-old Jack Pell and dad Joe visit Del Boy and Rodney Trotter PHOTO: Tim Williams

Some of the excellent figures on display included Wallace and Gromit, Chicken Run, Only Fools and Horses characters and scenes from One Foot in the Grave and Fawlty Towers.

Margaret Wooley, who is a member of the organising committee, said: “The festival got off to a poor start as it rained all day on the Saturday, but Sunday was much nicer and so it was much busier.

“Other attractions included a craft fair, street market, a fair and falconry.

“Most of the activities centred around the village hall and surrounding streets, however, the church was open for people to try bell ringing and climb the bell tower.

Chicken Run was the theme for one display PHOTO: Tim Williams

Chicken Run was the theme for one display PHOTO: Tim Williams

“Everyone absolutely loved going on the scarecrow trail and I saw lots of children screaming and laughing with excitement.”

The event raised funds for village groups and Alzheimer’s Society.

Welcome to scarecrow weekend PHOTO: Tim Williams

Welcome to scarecrow weekend PHOTO: Tim Williams