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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Cumbria Scarecrow Festival

THERE was plenty of lights, cameras and action as school pupils used a touch of Hollywood magic to bring a festival to life.

The second annual Scarecrow Festival, organised by the Leven Valley Community Committee, is under way.

The 2014 festival theme is film and cinema and an impressive array of straw men and women will be on display around the parish all week.

Jon Woody, committee chairman, said: “The ones I have seen so far are very good and hopefully it is going to build year on year.

“It helps bring people in who perhaps wouldn’t normally stop. Last year there were people traveling around until almost dark looking at them and stopping and taking pictures.

“There are about two dozen that have been registered.”

Children at Leven Valley School played their part in the festivities by creating a Willy Wonka scarecrow from the film version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Headteacher Ian Nicol said: “It’s a good community event and lots of individuals, families and organisations such as ourselves have got involved with it.”

Maps of all the scarecrow locations are available at Backbarrow village shop.

The winners of this year’s festival will be announced on Monday, May Day Bank Holiday at Haverthwaite Playing Field.


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