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Dove Holes scarecrow festival: High Peak village’s hay-mazing celebration of community spirit

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'Keeping an eye out at Stella Motors.
Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'Keeping an eye out at Stella Motors.

An hay-mazing display of scarecrows has been turning heads in Dove Holes.

Around 25 of the colourful creations, all the handiwork of residents, have sprung up at various locations around the village for the annual scarecrow festival.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'Dove Holes resident, Sue Ball with 'Frank' who has took up residence at her Hallsteads home.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'Dove Holes resident, Sue Ball with 'Frank' who has took up residence at her Hallsteads home.

The event, which launched on Saturday with a coffee morning at Dove Holes Village Hall, is being hosted by the Dove Skate Park group - which is aiming to raise around £80,000 for new recreational facilities.

But Emma Whittle, one of the organisers, stressed: “The scarecrow festival is not about making money, it’s more about celebrating our community spirit.

“The displays look really nice and they help to brighten up our village. We will definitely be running it again next year.”

This year’s winner of the £25 first prize was Karen Bradbury for her Wizard of Oz-themed scarecrow. Hayley McCrea’s ‘Spi-dove-man’ and Ella Bray with ‘Bone Idol Billy’ were second and third respectively and were awarded prizes of £15 and £10.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'An angelic scarecrow keeps one of the village's WW1 soldiers company in St. Paul's Church yard.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'An angelic scarecrow keeps one of the village's WW1 soldiers company in St. Paul's Church yard.

There are already plans to expand the popular festival in 2019 with the addition of a family fun day.

Meanwhile, if you haven’t yet paid a visit you’ll need to make hay - this year’s festival is due to wrap up this weekend.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'A couple of new recruits at the gates of Dove Holes Primary School.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'A couple of new recruits at the gates of Dove Holes Primary School.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'A cricket fan scarecrow.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'A cricket fan scarecrow.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'Wendy Webster with Ethel outside her Hallsteads home in Dove Holes.

Dove Holes scarecrow festival.'Wendy Webster with Ethel outside her Hallsteads home in Dove Holes.