Scarecrows up before the beak

RESIDENTS certainly have something to crow about on Diamond Jubilee weekend as they welcome a host of new visitors.

But it’s nothing to be scared about, it’s just the dozens of scarecrows that have popped up around the village as judging of a popular annual competition is just days away.

A pearly queen relaxes among royal regalia

A pearly queen relaxes among royal regalia

Creative Elwick residents have been hard at work with a Diamond Jubilee theme in mind for this year’s village scarecrow competition.

After the deadline passed, it’s now time for the residents to show off their work before judging this weekend.

The annual contest always proves popular and organisers from the Elwick Millennium Association say this year has proved no different.

“We have had some fantastic entries,” said chairman Maxine Coss.

“The standard of scarecrows never fails to amaze me, people are always so creative.”

About 30 scarecrows have been put up around the village this week as residents hope to add their name to the long list of winners.

But village pride will also be stake as Elwick entries go up against scarecrows in Castle Eden for the second consecutive year.

Judging will take place in both villages on Saturday afternoon before the winners are announced.

Maxine added: “I’d like to say well done and thanks to everyone who has entered a scarecrow. It is obvious that a lot of effort has gone in to their designs.

“The competition is popular year after year and it’s great to have Castle Eden involved again. It’s good fun between the two villages.”