Wighton gears up for its annual scarecrow festival

The Wighton Scarecrow Festival is this weekend. Pictured are (from left) Graham Polson with George a

The Wighton Scarecrow Festival is this weekend. Pictured are (from left) Graham Polson with George and Margaret Brett-Reynolds. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

There are some strange looking characters around Wighton - from a curiously static guard on the Wells to Walsingham Light Railway to shepherds tending the sheep.

But don't worry, north Norfolk has not been besieged by aliens - they are all creations for this year's Wighton Scarecrow Festival.

Taking place over the Bank Holiday weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, dozens of scarecrows are inhabiting the village in all sorts of different guises.

The popular event also features a number of events on the Sunday including a children's scarecrow-making competition at 2.30pm on the common, vintage tractors and stationary engines on the playing field. There are stalls in and around the village hall and playing field, live scarecrows and paper crow making, a cafe, children's activities and stories in the church.

If you take a ride on the light railway and mention the festival you will get a £1 per person reduction on your ticket.

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There is free entry to the village between Wells and Little Walsingham.

* Money raised by the festival's book and bric-a-brac stall on Sunday will be donated to the Disaster Emergency Committee's Appeal for Nepal. If anyone has any books or bric-a-brac for the stall or for more information contact Susan Polson on 01328 820743.

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