Scarecrow festival cancelled

Muston Scarecrow Festival.'Laurel and Hardy try to hitch a lift through Muston.'112982d. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/07/11.
Muston Scarecrow Festival.'Laurel and Hardy try to hitch a lift through Muston.'112982d. Pic Kevin Allen.'23/07/11.

Summer showers have claimed yet another victim, after organisers of the Muston Scarecrow Festival announced that this years event had been scrapped.

The annual event, which attracts thousands of visitors to the village, was cancelled at a meeting on Wednesday night.

Organiser and councillor Godfrey Allanson said that the event has “regretfully” been cancelled after the heavy summer rainfall left the car parking field “unusable”.

He added: “I have lived here all my life, and I’ve never seen a summer with so much rain.

“Obviously we didn’t make the decision lightly, but before the meeting we said that the field was so bad that we probably wouldn’t be able to hold it, but then it rained again last night, so we just can’t do it.

The week-long event had been scheduled to take place between July 28 and August 5, and was set to have an Olympic theme.

The event takes several months to organise, and because of this, Mr Allanson said that it was “highly unlikely” to be rescheduled this year.

However, he added that the Olympic theme will likely still be in place next year, adding: “My scarecrow was going to have an Olympic theme this year, and it will next year, except it will probably just be a marathon runner then!”

“What we wanted to do though was let people know as soon as possible, as we know that a lot of people travel for this, and some will probably be halfway through making their scarecrows.

“It’s a real shame, but there’s just no way it could have went ahead with it the way that it is now.”