Thousands of people enter storybook realm at Barrow’s first scarecrow festival

Barrow scarecrow festival''Pictured: Jake Chaplin (3) with Spongebob Squarepants ANL-150927-190458009
Barrow scarecrow festival''Pictured: Jake Chaplin (3) with Spongebob Squarepants ANL-150927-190458009
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Thousands of people entered the realm of children’s story books at Barrow’s first ever scarecrow festival.

An estimated 2,000 visitors descended on the village for the debut event, which boasted more than 80 scarecrows and 17 garage sales.

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Barrow scarecrow festival ANL-150927-190435009

Based on the theme of children’s book characters, they could marvel at colourful creations such as Humpty Dumpty, Harry Potter, The Raiilway Children, Spongebob Squarepants and Where’s Wally.

The village hall, green, Barrow Primary School, Green Welly Nursery and Plum Tree Pre-School were also hives of activity.

Funds raised from the event will benefit efforts to revamp the Town Estate Rooms in the village into a community space.

Chris James, organiser and member of the Town Estate Rooms committee, said: “It was a fantastic weekend and very well supported - the scarecrows were fabulous.

Barrow scarecrow festival''Pictured: Lottie Gordan (3), Connie Gordan (5), Harriet Tovey (5) and Jessica Tovey (8) ANL-150927-190557009

Barrow scarecrow festival''Pictured: Lottie Gordan (3), Connie Gordan (5), Harriet Tovey (5) and Jessica Tovey (8) ANL-150927-190557009

“It really brought the community together and people in the new housing in the village really appreciated it and thought this is what is lovely about village life.

“I’ve had a lot of really good feedback and everyone really enjoyed it.”

Mrs James said they are appealing for the return of the Goldilocks scarecrow which disappeared from outside the Green Welly Nursery.

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Barrow scarecrow festival ANL-150927-190812009

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Barrow scarecrow festival ANL-150927-190801009