Superman and Winston Churchill are spotted at Barton Mills Scarecrow Festival

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Superman and Winston Churchill were among characters on display at the famous Barton Mills Scarecrow Festival, which returned this month after a four year break.

This year’s theme was fictional and real characters, and villagers really did let their imaginations run wild, with everything from famous people to cartoon and story book characters being spotted around the village.

Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Clockwise from top left Seth Swanson, Art Siebke, Otis Siebke, Oscar Siebke and Shane Swanson ANL-140806-181327009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Clockwise from top left Seth Swanson, Art Siebke, Otis Siebke, Oscar Siebke and Shane Swanson ANL-140806-181327009

Festival coordinator Frances Lewis said: “There were lots and lots of things to look at. In every road you went down, every house or so, you’d find something unusual - scarecrows peeping out of hedges and so on.

The pedal karts, run by the local youth group, proved a popular attraction, with youngsters able to take part in timed trials and mobility scooters and a winning pony and trap from Worlington among other entries.

“I did think there can’t be many villages that would close the main street to have children racing up and down in pedal karts,” said Mrs Lewis.

The weekend also saw a Gruffalo trail held at The Manor, live music by The Funk Collective, party games for dogs, including a ‘hilarious’ canine version of musical chairs, hosted by Suffolk Canine Country Club, a classic car display and Songs of Praise, led by parish priest Sandie Barton.

Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Shirley and Jim Beardsmore with their Winston Churchill scarecrow ANL-140806-181306009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Shirley and Jim Beardsmore with their Winston Churchill scarecrow ANL-140806-181306009

Mrs Lewis said: “There were a lot of people walking around the village having a lovely time and just enjoying themselves. I think we got a lot of people visit from outside the village and people who live in Barton Mills came out of their houses to talk to each other.”

The event raised around £1,500 for charity, with money going to the International Children’s Trust’s JUCONI Foundation, the Mildenhall scouts and sea cadets, the East Anglian Air Ambulance and the Historic Churches Preservation trust.

Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. ANL-140806-181609009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. ANL-140806-181609009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Paige Wallace and the Gruffalo themed scarecrows at The Manor ANL-140806-181447009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Paige Wallace and the Gruffalo themed scarecrows at The Manor ANL-140806-181447009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. ANL-140806-181338009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. ANL-140806-181338009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Go Karting as part of the Scarecrow Festival ANL-140806-181635009
Barton Mills, Suffolk. Barton Mills Annual Scarecrow Festival around the village. Go Karting as part of the Scarecrow Festival ANL-140806-181635009
 

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