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They may scare off the birds in Muston, but they certainly haven’t scared off the visitors, with thousands of people descending on the village for the annual Scarecrow Festival.

An eclectic mix of scarecrows are currently lining the streets of Muston, with many designs focusing on the recent arrival of Prince George.

Muston Scarecrows.Justin and Yasmin McGuirk with baby Tzofiya having fun.Picture Richard Ponter 133044h

Muston Scarecrows.Justin and Yasmin McGuirk with baby Tzofiya having fun.Picture Richard Ponter 133044h

The popular event, returning after a year’s break, has become so well known it’s even getting attention from different corners of the globe.

“I’ve already had an email from India, asking when it’s on next year so they can come, and I’ve had one from Portugal,” said organiser Godfrey Allanson.

“Even though it wasn’t on last year, people are really coming out to see it.

“We’ve had the occasional shower, but that hasn’t stopped people - we’ve had to close the car park on a couple of occasions as it’s been so busy.

He added that guest judge, theatre impresario Tony Peers, has already carried out his judging - with the results sealed in an envelope to be opened on Sunday, the last day of the festival, with the winner pocketing £50.

One of Mr Allanson’s creations is the synchronized swimming team, which shows half a dozen bare legs sticking out of a pool of water.

Like many of the scarecrows, it was supposed to be exhibited last summer in the Olympic year, although the festival was axed at the last minute due to heavy rainfall.