Slideshow: Scarecrow ‘role models’ stand tall in Ossett marketplace

Bob Marley and Sir Bradley Wiggins were among the scarecrows created for an exhibition on Ossett precinct.

Building Ossett Better’s (BOB) scarecrow festival, the second to take place in the town boasted 25 entries.

Building Ossett Better's Scarecrow Festival, Sep 2013

Building Ossett Better's Scarecrow Festival, Sep 2013

Visitors to the event spent the day having their photographs taken with the scarecrows, which included Hermione from the Harry Potter movies and characters from The Magic Roundabout.

Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) Tracey Laverick, Gawthorpe Academy, Kate Tomlinson and Fi Vaday were judged to be the winners, and received £30 vouchers to spend in Ossett shops.

The event coincided with BOB’s Yorkshire Food and Craft Market, which takes place on the last Saturday of each month.

And it followed another scarecrow festival run by Ossett Town Centre Partnership three weeks ago.

BOB vice-chairman Mark Ellerker said: “It was a really friendly event, and it was nice to see people having their photographs taken with the scarecrows. The entries we had were absolutely fantastic and it’s something that we are planning to do again next September.”

Since BOB took on the running of Ossett’s local produce market, it has run special events featuring live music, classic car exhibitions and Maypole dancing.

BOB chairman John Whiteman said the market was continuing the grow and improve.

He said: “To get 25 entries was fantastic, and it was a great day. We are continuing to create vibrancy in the town centre and the feedback has been fantastic.

“We are always learning about how better to run the market and we will continue to build on it.”