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Muston Scarecrow Festival cancelled
An internationally-acclaimed scarecrow festival has become
the latest casualty of the wet English summer.
More than 100 scarecrows had been predicted
to pop up in Muston, near Filey, for the annual village event which
was due to begin on 28 July.
However, the Muston Millennium Committee
which organises the festival, says it has been forced to cancel the
event because the field traditionally used for car parking is too
Chairman of the committee, Cllr Godfrey
Allanson, said: “Even though we’ve had a few good days of sunshine,
the water table is just too high right now. The ground is saturated
and if we allowed 1,500 vehicles to park there, as there has been
in previous years, it would have created all manner of chaos.
“Unfortunately, the village itself is not
designed to cope with the influx of thousands of cars and coaches
we get for the festival, so we’ve had to take the very difficult
decision to cancel this year’s event.
“It’s a great pity for Muston because the
festival is a great community effort with many villagers getting
involved and I know we would have seen some incredible scarecrows,
appreciated by a great number of people, this year as in previous
“Financially, the decision to cancel the
festival is also a blow to the village, as income from the parking
is ploughed straight back into the community - obviously this will
affect organisations like the cricket club, Young Farmers, and
Monday Club, as well as the village hall.
“We are all fairly despondent right now,
but at the same time, there is a determination to bounce back.
We’ve overcome adversity before and in this Olympic year I think we
can harness some Olympic spirit and pull through.”
The first Muston Scarecrow Festival was
held in 1999 and was a great success. Residents were invited to
make scarecrows and for a £1 fee could enter into a competition
with a small prize for the best effort.
The scarecrows were placed out in the
streets and visitors came and enjoyed them so much that word of
mouth spread, with more and more people visiting the festival each
Last year, thousands of visitors were wowed
with scarecrows of a Dalek, Laurel and Hardy, Kung Fu Panda, Bob
The Builder and even Elton John.
This year’s scarecrows were due to be judged by Scarborough
theatre impresario Tony Peers.