View Full Version : New English Tradition??
05-05-2013, 04:17 PM
The village of Wray situated in the extreme end of Lancashire where it almost touches Cumbria and North Yorkshire has a tradition of scarecrow festivals...something which is very popular elsewhere in UK but not with as many on display...about 200 this year....
Here are a few which can probably be identified by our international membership.......
George & The Dragon
Jack & The Beanstalk ( note Heinz Beans underneath)
A few more to come.........
05-05-2013, 04:26 PM
...and we continue.........
Dick Turpin. English Highwayman.
The Primary School Choir...signing as they sang.
..and then dancing around a mini-maypole.
Theres a couple more to follow..
05-05-2013, 04:31 PM
Book Worm ( the worm actually moved)
There were obviously many more but lots were repeats and or purely local in interest...
05-05-2013, 05:07 PM
05-05-2013, 05:33 PM
A terrific effort by all involved. Thanks for the photos Geoff.
05-05-2013, 05:40 PM
Geoff, these are delightful! I'd never heard of a scarecrow festival, and these are so creative and beautifully rendered. (I guess the painted animals in some of our cities are the closest similar kind of thing we have -- I think Sylvia sent a picture of herself posed with some clever creature from her city). Are the figures actually stuffed with straw like a "real" scarecrow? What is the basis of the tradition (if it is a tradition). Do they award prizes?
I think the dragon with the first St. George is my favorite, but the intricacy of design for the quidich-playing flying Harry Potter is marvelous : )
How long do these displays stay up? Is it a tourist attraction kind of thing, like the wee village festival and May pole dancing we stumbled upon quite
by chance on a May day near Hastings on an English trip several years ago?
Did you plan your trip with this festival in mind?
Your pictures are terrific. I'm SO glad you took us with you : )
05-05-2013, 06:44 PM
These are on display for a week and the whole village appears to participate as there were very few houses that didn't have a full size or minature on display. Some were straw filled but not many, some of the best were papier mache and some had been sewn.
Admission was free but car parking went to charity and there were a couple of other local charities and the school collecting.
ps This one started about 1991....last night they had a parade of all the scarecrows and a carnival as well.
05-05-2013, 07:40 PM
Fabulous Geoff. Thank you for sharing! :thumbsup:
05-06-2013, 12:29 AM
These are quite awesome! Some families around here make stuffed people and monsters and things for Halloween. It would be nice to have more days of the year for fun things like this.
05-06-2013, 03:46 AM
that gave me a belly laugh Geoff. Wonderful tradition. May it keep up
05-06-2013, 05:14 AM
These are really clever and well done, Geoff. What fun they must have thinking them up and creating them. :D
Our little town has a version of this at Halloween along one of the boulevards. :D
05-06-2013, 08:25 AM
Just delightful for sure. How neat it would be to view these in person. I like them all but think the Harry Potter is very well done. The bookworm is my favorite though they all are superbly done. Thank you Geoff for taking the time to post these for us to enjoy.
05-06-2013, 08:33 AM
Very enjoyable viewing, Geoff!
05-06-2013, 08:53 AM
Geoff, these are wonderful!! There are a few I have seen here in VT. There is one couple who change the outfits on the scarecrows with the change in seasons and holidays!
05-06-2013, 11:06 AM
The theme this year was 'Read' which is why so many were nursery rhymes and book titles.......last year was, surprise,surprise...Royal Wedding...so here are a few pictures from their website last year..
05-06-2013, 03:15 PM
The people of Wray have a good sense of humor. Can't pick a favorite one so I'm glad I wasn't a judge..
05-06-2013, 03:31 PM
Thank you Geoff. I enjoyed these very much
05-06-2013, 03:40 PM
Wonderful, Geoff, thanks for posting! They are amazingly creative :thumbsup:
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