Plenty to crow about at Doncaster festival

Tickhill Scarecrow Festival Jen Cotton serves lunch
Tickhill Scarecrow Festival Jen Cotton serves lunch
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IF this lot fail to scare off the birds, nothing will!

The town of Tickhill, in Doncaster, was transformed as eager residents created a line-up of scarecrows even more lifelike than Wurzel Gummidge or Spud out of Bob the Builder!

Landlord Philip Woodhouse welcomes Elizabeth White and children Poppy and Amelia to the Travellers Rest during the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival

Landlord Philip Woodhouse welcomes Elizabeth White and children Poppy and Amelia to the Travellers Rest during the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival

The annual scarecrow festival is one of the town’s big social events of the year, and this year kept up the standards set in the previous years.

This year was the third in succession that the extravaganza had been organised by the volunteers of the Tickhill Together group and once again it attracted hundreds of residents and visitors into the town.

Programmes detailing the event gave the locations around the town of over 60 scarecrows, and were sold from local shops. Miss South Yorkshire Caroline Welch was among the visitors.

Among the entries into the competition this year were scarecrows depicting the Queen and Prince Philip, complete with corgis. a policeman, and a ‘scary’ biker.

Sally turner with children (left to right) Millie, Amelia, Alice and their dog Ruby at the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival on Saturday

Sally turner with children (left to right) Millie, Amelia, Alice and their dog Ruby at the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival on Saturday

But this year’s winning entry was Tickhill In Bloomers, by the Tickhill in Bloom group, which showed one scarecrow gardening while two others watched on.

One admirer taking in the scarecrows, Elaine Millard, said: “I think they are all very good, and there seem to have been a lot of individuals taking part this year. A lot of people have come to have a look, too.”

As well as the scarecrows, there was also entertainment throughout the day with activities and rides for children and a various stalls.

The town’s shops, cafes, restaurants, public houses and businesses will all be open, and refreshments were served at the Scout and Guide headquarters on St Mary’s Road.

Tickhill Scarecrow Festival- Four year old Alex Wiles with the Scary Biker

Tickhill Scarecrow Festival- Four year old Alex Wiles with the Scary Biker

Money raised at the event will go towards funding the town’s display of Christmas trees and lights this festive season.

Becki Sheard with children Joseph and Jessica at Tickhill Scarecrow Festival

Becki Sheard with children Joseph and Jessica at Tickhill Scarecrow Festival

Tickhill Scarecrow Festival judges (left to right) Mayor Raymond Hill, Miss South Yorkshire 2012 Caroline Welch, anna Brookfield and Mary Beck view one of the many displays

Tickhill Scarecrow Festival judges (left to right) Mayor Raymond Hill, Miss South Yorkshire 2012 Caroline Welch, anna Brookfield and Mary Beck view one of the many displays

Miss South Yorkshire 2012 Caroline Welch at the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival

Miss South Yorkshire 2012 Caroline Welch at the Tickhill Scarecrow Festival