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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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North Cumbrian village turned into circus for annual festival

A Brazilian football star, trapeze artists and a fortune teller have all made a village their home for the week.

Hayton scarecrow festival
Alexandra Bouch with a couple of clowns

Hayton, near Brampton, has been turned into a circus ground as part of an annual scarecrow trail.

A marquee has been set up in the centre of the village with residents stopping by to have a peek and others making the journey from neighbouring areas.

A committee created the scarecrows, including outlandish designs like the lion tamer and tightrope walker.

The theme is The Circus Comes to Town and visitors can buy a map of the trail before voting for their favourite scarecrow.

Fran Scales, an event organiser, said: “I like being creative, the community spirit and getting people together for fun.

“It’s hard work but it’s fun and you can sit back and watch everyone enjoying it.”

Money raised from the event will be used to build a children’s play park in the village.

Initial plans have been drawn up but the quest for funding is ongoing.

On Sunday a celebratory barbecue will be held and cream tea served before the announcement of which scarecrows are voted first, second and third.

Fellow organiser Sylvia Tinnion said: “It all came together on Friday.

“Saturday went really well. There was wet weather but there were still a lot of people out.

“It’s hard work – it takes over your life.”

Yesterday families and youngsters wandered past and made their way into the marquee, intrigued by the weird and wonderful items inside.

A stilt walker kept guard outside while clowns sat in the corner.

Walton resident Kathleen Bell, 81, had made the trip especially to see the scarecrows.

She said: “We come every year because it’s wonderful.

“I think they are so talented. It’s a brilliant idea.”

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