Scarecrow Mania still splashing success in rainy Spalding

Noah scarecrow by Broad Street Methodist church members Sarah and Grace Ekins, Beth, Sophia and Jack Love. SG260715-112TW
Noah scarecrow by Broad Street Methodist church members Sarah and Grace Ekins, Beth, Sophia and Jack Love. SG260715-112TW
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Torrential rain may have scared away the crowds from a new event in Spalding, but community spirit still shone through to hopefully put it on the map for future years.

Scarecrow Mania, organised by the Rotary Club of Spalding and Welland, took place at Ayscoughfee Gardens on Sunday.

Harry and Emily Walker with their Minion. SG260715-109TW

Harry and Emily Walker with their Minion. SG260715-109TW

The free event, which saw 15 scarecrows on display, was planned in response to a call for new events to be held in the town to create civic pride and attract more people to the area.

It was also hoped to raise money for the Rotary Club’s Two Lips charity.

Members of the public were invited to make a scarecrow to compete for the title of King or Queen Scarecrow and a prize of £100 each, provided by Bakkavor.

However, as rain stopped the parade of scarecrows around the gardens, everyone who entered was given a donation as a way of saying ‘thank you’ for still turning out despite the weather.

Members of the public who turned out with their scarecows. SG260715-110TW

Members of the public who turned out with their scarecows. SG260715-110TW

Some of the entertainment had to be called off but town centre manager Dennis Hannant, who was due to be MC for the afternoon, provided some singing in the rain.

John Hayes, MP for South Holland and the Deepings, had gone along with his family to present the prizes and support the new event.

He said: “The enthusiasm that went into making scarecrows shows that with better weather next year this can continue to be a great event which combines creativity, great fun and community spirit.”

Peter Atkinson, of the 
Rotary Club, said: “We had a great deal of pleasure putting the event on.

“Despite the weather, we are grateful to everyone who took part and understood when certain things had to be called off. It was a good event and we will take this into 
account when planning our activities for next year.”