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Village puts on a ‘scary’ puppet show for visitors
3:16pm Thursday 30th August 2012 in News
All things British were being celebrated in Cullingworth at the weekend at the tenth annual scarecrow festival in the village.
Families took trips around the streets to get an up-close look at the scarecrows, up to 50 of which had been carefully crafted by residents and were taking pride of place in their gardens and driveways on Saturday and Sunday.
The Methodist Church, village hall and local shops were also getting involved in the festival, which had the theme this year of What’s Great About Great Britain?
The Queen, Sir Winston Churchill and Humpty Dumpty were among the famous faces recreated at the event, which raised funds for Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).
Chairman of the festival organising committee Rosemary Spencer said the event was “always very well supported”.
She said: “We’re never put off by the weather, it’s got to go ahead. People look forward to it. This is the tenth year now. We are very grateful to the people who come and support us, it’s all right us making the scarecrows but we need everyone to get involved. There is a real sense of community when it’s on and people talk to each other.”
She said Manorlands and YAA were “two very worthy charities”.
Ginny Whitehead, whose husband Giles is on the organising committee, said: “We do it ever year to raise money for Manorlands and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. It’s just doing our little bit. They’ve all had different ideas, and we’ve tried to link with the Jubilee and everything British this year.”
Mr Whitehead said: “All weekend we have families walking around with children and dogs, looking at the scarecrows.”
Donna Beer, 39, was taking a tour around the village with her three children and a friend. She said: “We’ve seen the Queen on a moped, which is a brilliant one, and a British bulldog. We made a Bradley Wiggins.
“We live in the village, we always get involved every year. I just think it brings people together. It’s a nice thing to do.”