Van Gogh and Queen Victoria among highlights at Fornham All Saints scarecrow festival

Fornham All Saints Scarecrow Festival ANL-150908-220029009
Fornham All Saints Scarecrow Festival ANL-150908-220029009
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Queen Victoria, Tutankhamun and Vincent van Gogh were among the eye-catching scarecrows which attracted hundreds of people to a West Suffolk village.

The Scarecrow Festival at Fornham All Saints over the weekend saw residents show-case their creativity at 20 sites around the village based on a theme of historical figures prior to 1900.

Fornham All Saints Scarecrow Festival ANL-150908-215841009

Fornham All Saints Scarecrow Festival ANL-150908-215841009

Cllr Patrick Chung, the Mayor of St Edmundsbury, judged the figures and handed out gold, silver and bronze prizes for both children and adults. Meanwhile, a sacrecrow of Vincent van Gogh - complete with a bunch of wilted flowers - scooped the ‘most humorous’ title.

Malcolm Johnson, chairman of the scarecrow committee, who created an airship displayed in All Saints Church yard, said: “I’m always amazed at the ingenuity of people in creating the figures. People went out of their way to say how much they enjoyed it.”

Other highlights included 11 yard sales, an art exhibition by 02 Art Club in the community centre and classic cars organised by Howard Quayle, who is parish chairman and a member of the MG Car Club.

The event is held every other year - alternating with an open gardens. Funds raised will benefit the village hall, community centre and church.