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Slideshow: Scarecrows and well dressings wow West Hallam

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Scarecrows and wartime well dressings were the talking points of the week in West Hallam.

The annual Well Dressings saw the village light up with flowers, stalls and entertainers to compliment the beautiful creations made by local households and village organisations.

More than 70 scarecrows were also on display as part of the sixth annual West Hallam Scarecrow trail, which ran alongside the well dressings.

Scarecrows fell into three categories of traditional, World War One themed and open, where those taking part could let their imaginations run wild.

Creations ranged from Miss Piggy, from the Muppets, to an armed forces enlistment officer.

Organiser Pete Lily thought that the week has been a success. He said: “The different humour that people express through the scarecrows is really interesting and there’s been some thought-provoking World War One-themed pieces.

“There’s a whole gamut of emotions on display.”

Well dressing (also once known as well flowering) is a summer custom practised in rural England in which wells, springs or other water sources are decorated with designs created from flower petals.

The annual well dressings in West Hallam date back to the 1970s.

This year’s events have managed to raise more than £500 which will be donated to West Hallam charities and also help to ensure the attraction can take place again next year.

Scarecrows will continue to be on display throughout the village until Friday (July 18), with trail leaflets available from 39 The Village, West Hallam.

 

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