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Saturday, 29 November 2014

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Lego movie inspires Dalston scarecrow festival entries

The village of Dalston has welcomed a new influx of residents this week – more than 50 scarecrows.

Dalston scarecrow fest photo
Betty Millington with the White Rabbit outside The Country Kitchen Cafe

They are all entries in the village’s annual scarecrow festival and, even though it is summer, the suggested pantomime theme has inspired businesses.

A few Jacks and accompanying beanstalks have popped up, as well as other children’s favourites such as Aladdin flying on a magic carpet and Mr McGregor’s vegetable garden, from Beatrix Potter’s story of Peter Rabbit.

Scarecrows inspired by the Lego movie are also entries in the competition, which forms part of this year’s week-long Dalston Festival.

The winners of the scarecrow competition, those who get the most public votes, will be revealed tonight in The Square during the Festival Friday event. There will be live music and entertainment.

The festival week comes to a close over the weekend with Dalston Show tomorrow and a thanksgiving service at St Michael’s Church on Sunday at 10.30am.

Alan Dinning, chairman of the festival committee, made his pantomime debut on Wednesday night, starring as an ugly sister in Dalston’s version of Cinderella.

He said: “We’ve had a good week so far. The art exhibition has been really busy and we’ve had a good turnout for most things.

“The gala day went ahead last Sunday but we had to postpone the detective trail and the cricket match. We’ll decide upon a new date for those when the festival week has finished.”

The Methodist chapel has been hosting a World War One exhibition – the festival week coincided with Monday’s commemorations to mark the 100th anniversary since the start of the Great War.

Mr Dinning added: “We have had so many people bring their own material in as they’ve come to see that exhibition this week.”

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