Could we set a record?

SCARECROW FUN: Rotarians David Spenceley and Peter Atkinson with their farmers' friends. SG060215-101TW
SCARECROW FUN: Rotarians David Spenceley and Peter Atkinson with their farmers' friends. SG060215-101TW
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Spalding’s newest event, Scarecrow Mania 2015, is taking off with support from traders and councillors – but now it needs “people power” to make it the big success it deserves to be and give us all a great day out.

The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland is organising a wonderful day in Ayscoughfee Gardens on Sunday, July 26, when we’re invited to take along home-made scarecrows – or even bargain-buy scarecrows bought from the web.

The best home-made farmers’ friends will be crowned King or Queen Scarecrow with prizes on the day.

There’s loads of information on the Internet on how to make a scarecrow and we reckon you can put one together for under a tenner.

But Rotary would like to know as soon as possible how many people will enter, so please fill in the coupon below and send it to Lynne Harrison, Lincolnshire Free Press, Priory House, The Crescent, Spalding PE11 1AB.

Thanks to funding from councillors Angela Newton and Elizabeth Sneath, some 5,000 brochures are being distributed around Spalding to further publicise the event.

During the week of East Midlands in Bloom judging, July 13-17, scarecrows will appear in shop windows and flower beds to show we’re making a big community effort to go for gold again this year.

Rotarian Peter Atkinson, the driving force behind Scarecrow Mania 2015, said: “We would like to regenerate civic pride in the town centre and support the town centre manager in getting some new events here. We would also like to attract more visitors, particularly in the summer, and one day we could go for the Guinness Book of Records for the biggest number of scarecrows in one place.”