Scarecrow contest ends with prizewinners’ bash

Fleetwood Rotarians with prize winners from the town's scarecrow festival.
Fleetwood Rotarians with prize winners from the town's scarecrow festival.

An awards night has been held for the winners of Fleetwood’s first ever scarecrow festival.

The festival proved a huge success, led by imaginative local businesses who displayed colourful scarecrows in their shop windows throughout most of July.

Schools, residents and local groups joined in with gusto. And it all ended with a ‘best in festival’ awards night at the town’s North Euston Hotel.

The Rotary Club of Fleetwood, whose members were part of the festival organising group, played host to the bash.

First prize – and a glittering trophy – went to Diane and Sheryl Gutteridge, of Walsh’s Hardware on Poulton Road, for a scarecrow made from tools, garden materials and lagging. Sheryl said: “The scarecrow competition was a brilliant idea, in which the whole of Fleetwood got together. It brought the community spirit back. I hope it will be even bigger next year.”

The runners-up were the North Euston Hotel team for their impressive wedding couple, and Brookes Cycles for their imaginative creation using discarded bikes, who 
also received trophies. The winners of the most liked on Facebook award were Fleet Farm for their ‘jumping horse’ scarecrow. The best mini-scarecrow was won by Xavier Thomas who received £100, and runner-up Beryl Buston won the second prize of ‘Adopt an animal’ at Farmer Parrs. The best overall school scarecrow, judged by Mrs Doreen Lofthouse went to Charles Saer Primary school.