IN PICTURES: How ET, Star Wars, Ghostbusters, a Smurf, Billy Idol and many more boosted funds for village school near Leighton Buzzard
Wingrave Scarecrow Festival's Annie Lennox display even gets an Instagram thumbs up from Dave Stewart of Eurythmics fame
A three-day 1980s-themed May bank holiday scarecrow festival in Wingrave raised over £1,350 for Wingrave CE School PTFA. There were 38 scarecrows for people to enjoy and admire including a Smurf, Super Ted, ET, Annie Lennox, Madonna, Jedi Knights, Ghostbusters and many more. Maps were £2 and could be picked up from the village shop. By purchasing a map scarecrow hunters could vote for their favourite and be in with a chance of winning a £20 Amazon voucher. Over 500 maps were sold. Accolades went to: 1st, Nice Day For A White Wedding (Cathy Neary and the residents of Nan Aires); 2nd, ET hanging off the trees with a spectacular view (Lisa Harley); 3rd, Annie Lennox (Steve and Kim Gaylor) which was liked on Instagram by Eurythmics band member Dave Stewart; 1st in under 10s, Fun House (Albert and Charlie Roberts, age 6 & 8). The event, which will be back in 2022 (April 30- May 2) with a Disney theme, is organised by Wingrave School PTFA and is sponsored by Wingrave Village Shop, Wingrave with Rowsham Parish Council and Hunters Estate Agents. A spokesman said: "What a weekend we had! The quality of the scarecrows was amazing and everyone had a lovely time admiring the scarecrows. The weather even held for us."