Village of Hickling goes on a space odyssey for scarecrow festival

The Clangers - Winner of the Public's Choice Award 2018 PHOTO: Tim McEwen
The Clangers - Winner of the Public's Choice Award 2018 PHOTO: Tim McEwen
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An array of characters - from Yoda to Jabba the Hutt - could be spotted around Hickling recently.

The village staged its 18th annual scarecrow festival, this year on a space odyssey theme.

About 56 creations were on display in private gardens and on front lawns.

And refreshments were served-up from the village hall and church.

Proceeds from the event, which totalled around £7-8k, will be split between Rainbows Children’s Hospice, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance and Hickling village organisations.

Organisers said the festival was a success, despite the first of the two days being interrupted by Tour of Britain which disrupted access to the village.

“The festival is still going strong after all these years,” said Margaret Woolley, for the organising committee.

“It is a great family weekend and it is always lovely to see the faces of kids, as they look round the village.”

Other attractions included a chariot race, traction engines, clog dancing, open church tower and much more.

The ever popular ‘Name the Scarecrow’ competition returned with people also asked to vote in the Public’s Choice Award.