SLIDESHOW: The Elwick scarecrows

THE Lager Family, Bertie Bassett and Seamus and the Leprechaun – just some of the imaginative entries in this year’s Elwick scarecrow competition.

The standard of scarecrow is as impressive as ever and the effort residents have gone through in the hope of their creation being announced as the winner is clear for all to see.

One of the many Scarecrows in Elwick Village

One of the many Scarecrows in Elwick Village

Now all that remains is the judging and the hope for people in Elwick that they can win their village crown back from Castle Eden.

More than 20 scarecrows have appeared around the village, matching the Midsummer Madness theme.

Some on the high street, others near the village’s welcome signs and more near to St Peter’s Elwick CE Primary School.

And organisers have already noticed an increased volume of traffic through the village as passers-by roll by to take a closer look at the scarecrows.

One of the many Scarecrows in Elwick Village

One of the many Scarecrows in Elwick Village

“We always say that putting the scarecrows up is one of the best traffic-calming measures,” laughed Hilary Thompson, chairman of the Elwick Millennium Association, which organises the popular annual contest.

“The response this year has been better than we thought it was going to be and the scarecrows are absolutely fantastic, the imagination of people never fails to amaze us.”

Elwick resident Dominic Wilkinson, 44, enters the competition every single year with the help of his wife, Louise, 37, a midwife.

Dominic, who has his own satellite and aerial business and is a dad of James, five, said: “We haven’t had any luck yet but hopefully this will be our year.

“Louise has certainly put the effort in.”

This year’s competition culminates in a Mad Hatter’s tea party in Elwick on Sunday where judges will announce the winner and activities are also planned for children including a panto.

l Pictures of the scarecrows in Castle Eden for this year’s competition will appear in the Mail later this week.