SPONGEBOB Squarepants rubbed shoulders with Jedward and Peppa Pig during the Hunsworth Scarecrow Festival, drawing in hundreds of visitors during the week.
The fun-filled festival draws to a close on Sunday afternoon after a week in which dozens of scarecrows appeared around the village. A balloon race will also be taking place, with proceeds going to Kirkwood Hospice and Hunsworth Playgroup.
Visitors to the village were greeted with a Jack and the Beanstalk scene just off Whitehall Road, created by the playgroup. Perched above them in a hedge, Irish duo Jedward, or JedStraw, kept an eye out for any music scouts – with more poise and calm than their real life incarnations could muster.
Down in Oakrise, Andy Murray stood on Murray’s Mound, near a recreation of the Royal Wedding between Kate and Wills. More effigies lined the roads through the village, towards the Saville Arms and beyond, with new residents Elmo and Oscar the Grouch swapping Sesame Street for Hunsworth Lane.
Nearby, a figure of an elderly woman waits in vain for a bus that never arrives – arm outstretched expectantly.
Diane Kenny, from the Friends of Hunsworth which organised the festival was impressed with the designs.
She said: “On Sunday the judging will take place in the afternoon with the first three prizes being announced.
“We’re also doing a balloon race afterwards and the funds from the £1 tickets will go towards Kirkwood Hospice and the playgroup. Kirkwood is a local charity so it’s close to our hearts and the playgroup work really hard on this every year to make it special for the children.”
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