Scarecrow Mania in Spalding this summer

Scarecrows will become a common sight in Spalding this summer.
Scarecrows will become a common sight in Spalding this summer.
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Expect to see some unusual characters like these in Spalding town centre in July.

These colourful scarecrows will be popping up in shop windows and even flower beds as part of a new event, Scarecrow Mania 2015.

People are being invited to make their own scarecrows and take them along to Ayscoughfee Gardens on Sunday, July 26 when prizes will go to the two crowned King and Queen Scarecrow.

However, the scarecrows have an important role ahead of that day when they help to decorate the town centre during the week of East Midlands in Bloom judging, from July 13-17.

Scarecrow Mania is being organised by the Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland, with former Spalding Flower Parade organiser from 1977-1999 Peter Atkinson the driving force behind it.

Peter wants to see another big event to give people of all ages a lot of fun and is promoting Scarecrow Mania regionally in the hope of attracting more visitors to the town.

He said: “We are hoping to see grandparents, parents and children, as well as charities, churches, schools and community groups coming along to promenade their scarecrows – and it will be a chance for the scarecrows to meet their country cousins.”

Peter is hoping to have entertainment, stalls and music at Scarecrow Mania on July 26. Admission to that event is free, but there will be a bucket collection for local good causes supported by Rotary’s Two Lips campaign.

There is lots of information on the internet about making your own scarecrow, although it’s also possible to buy them ready made.

Peter 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.”