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Village’s scarecrow plan

Simon the scarecrow, built by Coun John singleton has sparked plans for a festival in Staining.

Simon the scarecrow, built by Coun John singleton has sparked plans for a festival in Staining.

Villagers have today told of hopes a new scarecrow festival could attract more visitors to Staining.

Entrants are currently stuffing shirts with straw and hay ahead of next month’s prize giving, and organisers hope one day the event could evolve to the size of similar festivals in the area such as Scorton and Fleetwood.

Mother-of-four Sharon Leadbetter, 32, from Windmill Close, in the village, came up with the idea.

She said: “I’ve been an avid visitor to the Scorton festival for a long time, we’ve been going there as a family for years.

“We just wanted to try and get something going in the village to get the community doing things together.

“Everybody says they want to take part so hopefully they’ll be sprouting up all over the village.

“Hopefully it’ll bring some people in to look at them and see what we do because people don’t think that much goes on in Staining, but there’s quite a vast array of things going on here.”

Sharon took inspiration from Coun John Singleton, who represents the village on Fylde Council and keeps a scarecrow in his garden to ward off birds.

Coun Singleton, who has named his scarecrow Simon, said: “It’s never been done here before and it’s all come about with putting a scarecrow outside my house.

“It’s a community effort and it’s being run by Staining villagers.”

He added: “Once the word gets round next year it could possibly bring some people in.

“People are already aware of the villages and towns that hold these kind of events so in future years it will certainly bring more people here.”

Judging of the villagers’ efforts will take place on September 7 with the prize giving ceremony being held a week later at the village hall.

 

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