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Figures of fun in Bildeston scarecrow festival

PUBLISHED: 19:16 08 August 2020

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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The streets and gardens of Bildeston were filled with figures of fun after being taken over by scarecrows for the weekend.

Robin Sedgwick with his Prince Andrew scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNRobin Sedgwick with his Prince Andrew scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

The village set to work in aid of the Suffolk Community Foundation after many of its community activities for the summer were cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Characters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCharacters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Organiser Debbie Bailey said: “It’s been brilliant, the atmosphere has been great and we’ve had some fantastic scarecrows.

Characters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCharacters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

“Everyone has rallied round to donate some great prizes, the community spirit has really shone through. There’s also been quite a competitive spirit, but in a good way.”

One entry was a very detailed Dominic Cummings  scenario Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNOne entry was a very detailed Dominic Cummings scenario Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

There were a total of 74 scarecrows on display, with the event raising £1,284 for the Foundation. BBC Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy acted as judge to choose the best entries.

Characters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCharacters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Debbie said: “I thought if we could get 40 scarecrows we would be doing well, and we’ve nearly doubled it. Everyone has really got behind it.”

Characters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCharacters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Characters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival   Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWNCharacters in all shapes and sizes lined the streets of Bildeston for the scarecrow festival Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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