Scarecrow film stars steal the show

Harry Potter, Gandalf and Jaws were just some of the straw-filled movie stars on display at the fifth annual Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

A record number of people attended this year’s ‘film’ themed event and voted for their favourite scarecrow.

Lucy 3 and Izzy Dow-Jowett 5  meet up with one of the many scarecrow displays at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Lucy 3 and Izzy Dow-Jowett 5 meet up with one of the many scarecrow displays at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

An impressive Harry Potter themed scene, created by the Bramwell family, was crowned the winner and the family were rewarded with a trophy and £50.

The Dainton family claimed second place with Despicable Me characters and Sally ??? and Wendy ??? came a close third with Lord of the Rings.

Dawn Dainton, event organiser, said: “It was the busiest I’ve ever seen it.

“Everyone was extremely impressed by the scarecrows and all the hard work that goes into making them.

Glenn Thackrah with his children Samuel 10, Grace 5, Poppy 4, Eve 8 and the 'singing nuns' at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Glenn Thackrah with his children Samuel 10, Grace 5, Poppy 4, Eve 8 and the 'singing nuns' at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

“This year we have raised lots of money for local community groups and charities but more importantly it has brought the community together.

“It really brings out the community spirit and we had lots of new visitors and new families taking part.

“The theme next year is ‘Best of British’ and we’ve already received 35 entries.”

Money raised from the festival will be given to local community groups and will also be used to throw a party for the village’s pensioners.

Ice cream man Graham Thewlis-Hardy meets up with Star Wars at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Ice cream man Graham Thewlis-Hardy meets up with Star Wars at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Next year’s festival will be on Saturday, September 19 and Sunday, September 20 2015 to enter visit www.kirkhamgatescarecrows.co.uk

Daisy 4 and Bethan Bamford 10 enjoy being with the penguins at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Daisy 4 and Bethan Bamford 10 enjoy being with the penguins at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Hannah 7 and Thomas Skinner 9 aboard a pirate boat at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.

Hannah 7 and Thomas Skinner 9 aboard a pirate boat at Kirkhamgate Scarecrow Festival.