GOREFIELD: Scarecrows appear in a Fenland village but the vandals don't like them!

SCARECROWS have appeared in a Fenland village for the first time as part of a horticultural show – but to the dislike of vandals. More than 35 scarecrows were created by Gorefield residents, in a competition to run alongside the village s flower and veget

SCARECROWS have appeared in a Fenland village for the first time as part of a horticultural show - but to the dislike of vandals.

More than 35 scarecrows were created by Gorefield residents, in a competition to run alongside the village's flower and vegetable show.

But several of the scarecrows were damaged last week - and one was even set on fire - but villagers failed to let the vandals dampen their spirits.

Councillor Michael Humphrey, who represents Gorefield on Fenland District Council, said: "The villagers overcome these problems and replaced their scarecrows with even greater enthusiasm."

The winner of the scarecrow competition has been a closely-guarded secret but will be revealed tomorrow (Saturday) at the flower and vegetable show, which takes place at the Church Hall.

Judging of the scarecrows was carried out last Wednesday by Fenland councillor and former Wisbech Mayor, Councillor Les Sims, accompanied by Brenda Mitchell and Jack Bailey.

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The winner will receive a trophy and a certificate, as well as a badge to display on the winning scarecrow.

Gorefield Sport and Amenity Centre Fundraising Committee, which organised the scarecrow competition, is planning to make it an annual event to coincide with the flower and vegetable show.