Figures of fun in Bildeston scarecrow festival

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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.

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

“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.”

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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.

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant


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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.”

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Norman Ruffell with his scarecrow Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

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