Scarecrow plea for town

Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival.  Emily Vause and Fiona Spearman from the North Euston Hotel.
Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival. Emily Vause and Fiona Spearman from the North Euston Hotel.

Fleetwood Scarecrow Festival is back for 2015 and will coincide with Fleetwood in Bloom.

This will be the second festival and organisers are hoping for a repeat success of last year.

The festival committee has set the ball rolling for this year’s event, which will run for two weeks in the lead up to Tram Sunday on July 19, by asking local businesses to take part.

Letters have already been sent to companies along the stretch of Amounderness Way which leads into the town, inviting them to create giant scarecrows to line the road into Fleetwood.

Committee member Sophie Wells said: “Many schools and businesses made scarecrows and even national businesses became involved last year.

“To add to the spectacle and excitement we would love the businesses along Amounderness Way to get involved too, by placing large-scale scarecrows along the roadside – so that the drive into Fleetwood is transformed into a noteworthy sight.

“We know it takes time and planning to produce scarecrows of a substantial size but once you have a scarecrow, not only can it act as advertising for your business, but also be kept to use in future years.

“The event really took off last year and the response was quite tremendous – with scores of local businesses, schools and groups becoming involved.”

The committee is hoping businesses will get behind the idea. Members would like to see huge scarecrows – at least 8ft tall – lining the gateway to Fleetwood.

Last year’s event really caught the imagination. Residents made scarecrows for their front gardens and balconies and a mini scarecrow competition increased footfall in the town centre.

For more information contact Shaun MacNeill on 07889133445 or Sophie on 07514462695.