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Friday, 18 April 2014

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Scarecrows to tell of Millom history

THE organisers of a popular festival will tell the tale of Millom’s heritage and history – through the medium of scarecrows.

Efforts have redoubled to make this year’s Scarecrow Festival bigger and better than ever.

The festival, which has taken place for over a decade, will feature more scarecrows than last year and workshops to show people how to make them.

The figures will be arranged around the town to form a trail, and prizes will be awarded for the best creations.

Millom town councillor Joan Hobbs, who has helped to organise the festival, said: “In the past we have struggled to judge the best one if we have not had a specific theme.

“Last year we asked people to use the Olympics or the Queen’s Jubilee and we found it was much easier. This year we are using the theme of history and heritage, so we are expecting lots of miners and fishermen.”

A workshop will take place on May 30 at the Palladium, in St George’s Road.

Joan said: “We will be able to add the scarecrows made at the workshop to the ones people have entered, and we should be able to fill the gaps on the trail.”

Also helping to organise the festival is Sue Day, owner of the Pavilion Guest House, Duke Street. She said: “We’re going to have some stalls and we’re going to have face painting. We are just trying to make more of it than we have in previous years.”

The festival will start outside Trackside Tearooms, by Millom train station, on June 29 and 30.

Entry forms will be available shortly from Millom Town Council offices, Bewley’s Butchers in Bootle and Gaynor’s Farm Shop in Haverigg.

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