Muston Scarecrows draw in the crowds

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Three ladies are highly amused by an old lady scarecrow.'112982j.
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MUSTON’S population has doubled once again as the village’s resident Scarecrows make their appearance for this year’s festival.

The annual Muston Scarecrow Festival got underway over the weekend, attracting visitors from near and far.

Muston Scarecrow Festival.'Lucy Magson with her topical News Of The World inspired scarecrows.'112982b. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/07/11.

Muston Scarecrow Festival.'Lucy Magson with her topical News Of The World inspired scarecrows.'112982b. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/07/11.

The spectacle featured the re-appearance of some popular scarecrows including Wallace and Gromit, as well as creations based on current affairs, with Rupert Murdoch in the docks and a Harry Potter themed display.

Cllr Godfrey Allanson, who is on the Muston Scarecrow Festival committee, said: “In spite of the weather being overcast we have had a really good start to the festival.

“We have had lots of people through, right from 9am on the first morning.

“The village has once again done itself proud. It is just amazing what some people come up with. We even have our own My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding scarecrow! We just hope the visitors continue to come throughout the week and enjoy looking round.”

Muston Scarecrow Festival.'Making friends with Laurel and Hardy are (from left).. AQnn Traynor, June Tonge, Win Eptonstall, Velma Robinson.'112982e. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/07/11.

Muston Scarecrow Festival.'Making friends with Laurel and Hardy are (from left).. AQnn Traynor, June Tonge, Win Eptonstall, Velma Robinson.'112982e. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/07/11.

Among the scarecrows scoring well with the crowds was a recreation of X-Factor twins Jedward.

Gillian McMonagle and Kevin Child, from Filey, both agreed Jeward was their favourite along with the Last of the Summer Wine display.

They said: “We come to the festival most years. Unfortunately the weather hasn’t been very good this year, but it has still been nice to look around.

“The Church display was lovely and the whole thing is just a bit of fun, which is great for the whole family.”

Alongside the scarecrows, All Saints Church put on refreshments and cakes as well as their own ‘country life’ themed display.

The event won thumbs up from Libby and Alan Cubberley, and their three-year-old daughter Libby, from Brough, near Hull, who were camping in Filey with friends.

They said: “We are very impressed.

“We have a scarecrow festival near where we live which we thought was good but this is just fantastic.

“The kids have really enjoyed it, especially Jedward and the Simpsons characters.”

The festival runs every day until next Sunday, 9am to 5pm.

All money raised from the festival goes into a number of organisations and projects in Muston.

These include the village cricket club, Muston village hall, the Monday Club and the village’s Young Farmers group.