Village’s top scarecrows

Ice creation: Tuck shop partner Anna Unwin with her entry 'Just One Cornetto' which was made by Isobel and Lydia Surguy.
Ice creation: Tuck shop partner Anna Unwin with her entry 'Just One Cornetto' which was made by Isobel and Lydia Surguy.

Scarecrows of all colours, shapes and sizes invaded Ashover for the annual scarecrow trail.

The competition was part of Ashover Flower Festival and organised by church members Claire Bonsall and Jenny Hammond. The proceeds of more than £200 will be donated to Ashgate Hospice.

Thirteen of the 28 scarecrows carried a special letter which, when unscrambled, revealed the name of a popular place in the village. It turned out to be Ye Old Tuck Shop and the winners – chosen from 45 correct answers by Ashbourne visitor Avril Richardson – were Alex Knighton and Samuel Hardy of Moor Road, Ashover.

The scarecrows were judged by Ashover’s own Town Crier, Merrick Bull, who admitted that it was one of the most difficult tasks he had ever undertaken.

In the end, he awarded top honours to ‘Bantam of the Opera’ (Trish, Tom and Beth Scott) with ‘Hey diddle diddle’ (Theo and Evie Bell) second, ‘Lady Ga Ga’ (the Hardwick family) third, ‘I belong to Glasgow’ (Marianne and David Saxton) fourth and ‘Confused.com’ (Rosemary and Nigel Early) fifth.