You might be forgiven for thinking that 40 scarecrows invading a rural village was the plot of a budget horror flick, but the straw army that’s appeared in Allendale, Northumberland, are on the march for a good cause.
Residents from across the Allen Valleys, stretching from the village itself to the neighbouring Catton, Sparty Lea, Nenthead, Ninebanks and Carrshield, have joined forces to create more than 40 different scarecrows to raise money for Allendale Church to have a biomass boiler installed.
Scarecrows include the Bishop of Newcastle, as well as a Co-op delivery driver and a witch. The festival was organised by the wardens and congregation of St Cuthbert’s Church, which has held the event as a fundraiser three times before in the past six years. Visitors can also get a tour of all of the scarecrows for just a pound from the post office or the local Co-op.