Town’s scarecrows should be on display again next year

John Marsden: Organiser.
John Marsden: Organiser.
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tickhill’s two-day Scarecrow Festival has been declared a big success, with £1,500 raised for the benefit of the community.

The new officials of the Tickhill Together group, chairman Eileen Davis, secretary Janice Birkinshaw and treasurer Rebecca Walters, are hoping to make it bigger and better in 2012.

But members feel next year’s event could benefit from increased publicity.

There was also disappointment over the number of entries for the children’s fancy dress competition.

None of those who entered were dressed as scarecrows, which was the theme.

A total of 750 votes were cast in the best scarecrow competition, in which 115 scarecrows were entered, and 900 programmes were sold over the two days.

Ideas for next year included the awarding of rosettes to the winning scarecrows.

Increased support from Tickhill shops and businesses will be sought for next year’s event.

The group also said an increase in the entertainment alongside the Buttercross monument at future events could be restricted by safety implications due to the volume of passing traffic.

A questionnaire has been sent to people who entered the 2011 scarecrow competition.

It has also been sent to members of the business community to obtain feedback from the event and gauge the support for next year.

Tickhill Together flags will be flown from shop and business premises in the run-up to the Scouts Gala on July 2.