Well dressing was great success

NILA 14-07-12 BE 23 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival. Olivia fyfe, Sarah McCarthy and Darcy Fyfe west hallam village pre school stall.
NILA 14-07-12 BE 23 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival. Olivia fyfe, Sarah McCarthy and Darcy Fyfe west hallam village pre school stall.

Visitors to West Hallam’s annual well dressing ceremony were blessed with a rare day of sunshine this weekend.

More than 1,000 people were estimated to have visited the village to see the ever-growing event held on Saturday.

NILA 14-07-12 BE 25 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival.

NILA 14-07-12 BE 25 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival.

Some of the attractions alongside the decorated wells included an arts market, a magic show, face painting, street dancing, a tae-kwondo demonstration and lots of live music.

As this year is the 350th anniversary of the death of village benefactor Rev John Scargill, there was also a special performance of a work about his life by Derbyshire’s poet laureate Matt Black.

The scarecrow trail also made a welcome return with more than 100 creations scattered all over the village.

Organiser Tim Ainsworth said: “It went very well – the weather was fine and there were plenty of people

NILA 14-07-12 BE 26 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival. Julie Davies and Carol Butcher.

NILA 14-07-12 BE 26 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival. Julie Davies and Carol Butcher.

“It has grown bigger every year and there was certainly more going on this year.”

The decorated wells and the scarecrow trail are on display until Friday.

NILA 14-07-12 BE 27 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival.

NILA 14-07-12 BE 27 West Hallam well dressing and scarecrow festival.

Nanny McPhee scarecrow

Nanny McPhee scarecrow