Scarecrows are best in their field

Postman Pat and his black and white cat in Stockton Road
Postman Pat and his black and white cat in Stockton Road

VISITORS to a picturesque village could be forgiven for doing a double-take when spotting these new residents out and about.

The first-ever Easington Village Scarecrow Competition was held at the weekend after a ‘straw’ poll among residents showed overwhelming support for the event.

Winner of best theme, Willy Wonka, in Tudor Grange

Winner of best theme, Willy Wonka, in Tudor Grange

It was the brainchild of 17-year old Alice Morton, daughter of Easington Village Parish Council chairman Len Morton.

The event originally received 30 entries, but in a last-minute flurry before Saturday’s judging, there were more than 60 entrants, making it a very successful first event for the former Easington Academy student.

With the aim of injecting some fun and colour into the village, Alice, a student at Durham Gilesgate Sixth Form, took it upon herself to organise the event.

The winners were announced on Sunday at parish council headquarters, Seaton Holme, and they were presented with trophies funded by cash received by Alice from Groundwork North East.

A Willy Wonka scarecrow submitted by a resident in the village’s Tudor Grove won the prize for best theme.

The Happy Hoppers – a group of scarecrow characters dancing round a maypole, submitted by residents from the old miners’ bungalows in Hopper Street, won the show-stopper category.

The Canny Scot, from a resident in the village’s Hall Walks, won the most comical section.

Alice’s proud dad Len said: “The turnout of entries absolutely shocked me.

“It was a community thing and it’s the biggest thing people have been talking about for years in the village – the enthusiasm was tremendous.

“All we have heard from residents is that it will be even better next year.”

Len, along with Durham County Councillors for Easington, Dr David Boyes and Angela Surtees, handed out trophies.