Lessons in how to make scarecrows

Suits you, sir ... Peter Atkinson with his evening dress and robotic scarecrows. SG060615-161TW
Suits you, sir ... Peter Atkinson with his evening dress and robotic scarecrows. SG060615-161TW
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Help is at hand for people who want to take part in Spalding’s biggest new event, Scarecrow Mania 2015.

People of all ages are invited to promenade their home-made scarecrows in Ayscoughfee Gardens on July 26 when the best of the crop will be awarded the titles King or Queen Crow and the makers will each win £100.

It’s our first event and we just hope that people will give us their support.

Rotarian Peter Atkinson

Scarecrow Mania is being promoted by The Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland, who will be giving lessons in scarecrow making to all-comers at Chris and Gill Eley’s open garden event in Kellett, Gate Low Fulney, on the afternoon of Sunday, June 21.

Rotarian Peter Atkinson has made two scarecrows and one of them has a passing resemblance to him because he’s wearing some of his old clothes.

“My wife found me an old dress suit that I used to wear,” said Peter. “He’s quite resplendent in the suit and a bow tie.”

His second creation is a futuristic, robotic scarecrow that stands on a bamboo frame.

Peter will be teaching the basics of scarecrow making at the open garden event and believes once people have the know-how, they will come up with some magnificent creations.

He said: “Everybody’s scarecrow is going to be different and it will be a magnificent sight when they all come together in Ayscoughfee Gardens.”

Support for the event is growing.

Peter has visited 18 local schools and a number of nurseries to spread the word.

Shops are getting behind it with their own scarecrow-themed events, scarecrows will support Spalding in Bloom and it’s likely we will see scarecrows on Spalding’s popular water taxis in the run-up to the big day at Ayscoughfee, which runs from 1pm-4pm.

Entertainment on the day will include an appearance by a jazz band and singer Dennis Hannant.

MP John Hayes will present the prizes to the makers of the King and Queen Crow. Prize money was donated by Bakkavor.

Peter said: “It’s our first event and we just hope that people will give us their support.”