STONE the crows!
Judges in an annual scarecrow competition had a tough task after scores of imaginative creations popped up.
Elwick and Castle Eden villages went head to head with each other in the friendly contest that saw residents make 48 stunning scarecrows.
But it was Elwick that regained the title from Castle Eden after it was judged the best village by the Tees Valley Rural Community Council.
Dozens of families busily went about creating eye-catching figures out of straw and old clothes for the contest which had a Midsummer Madness theme.
Hilary Thompson, chairwoman of the Elwick Millennium Association, which organises the competition, said: “The scarecrows were absolutely brilliant and we had a lot of very imaginative and creative entries.
“They were certainly up to their usual standard and it is always well supported by both villages.
“The competition gives the event that little bit extra, but it is all good-hearted and there are no huge worries who wins.”
Prizes were awarded to the best three entries in each village.
First place in Elwick went to the entry called Elwick in Bloom, by the Watson family.
Second spot was clinched by Bob Williams and Chrissie Chiles with their House of Madness, Crocodile Rock entry.
St Peter’s School’s Midsummer Night’s Dream came third.
Meanwhile, in Castle Eden first place went to A Midsummer Murder Scene, by Joseph Marsh, who created two legs sticking out from under a garage door, coupled with a scarecrow holding a remote control.
It also won a Chuckle Award as the entry that made the judges laugh the most.
Second place went to Jenna Moon for Bottom, from A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Third place was jointly won by nine-year-old Will Turner’s cyberman, from Dr Who, which was callously stolen earlier in the week and not returned, and William Travers’ astronaut.