Deadline nears

THE deadline for village residents to register their scarecrow for a popular annual competition is fast approaching.

Eight people in Elwick village have already registered their entries for this year’s contest but with 10 days to go until the deadline, others are reminded to start preparing their own entries.

Free straw is now available from the bus stop in Elwick Village which people can use to design their own scarecrows.

This year’s competition has a Royal theme and scarecrows must be registered at Elwick Village Shop and Post Office, in the village, by Monday, May 21.

Scarecrows must then be in place in the village by Saturday, May 26.

Judging will take place the following weekend, which marks Jubilee weekend and, like last year, will include entries from Castle Eden.

For the first time last year the two villages went up against each other to add an extra fun element to the competition.

Maxine Coss, chairman of the Elwick Millennium Association which organises the annual competition, said: “We have already had eight entries and a lot of people are talking about it in the village, which they do every year.

“The entries tend to start flooding in once the free straw is available.

“We usually get some really creative entries so I’m looking forward to see what we get this year.

“We decided to make it a Royal theme this year and have it judged on Jubilee weekend.

“It’s all good fun and as always the response has been great.”