Winner has plenty to crow about

Last month 66 wonderful straw creations brought lots of colour and fun to the town centre during the 15-day Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival.

The coveted 1st Prize for Best Business Scarecrow has been won by first time entrants The Co-operative Funeralcare of Chapel Lane. The creators of 'Mr Crow-Op', Lesley Wilson and Emily Broadhead were elated when they learned the news from organiser and member of Rotary Wilmslow Dean, Geoff Shelmerdine.

Lesley said, "Both of us have only been with the Co-operative Funercare for a matter of months, however in this short time it has been impressed upon us that community is at the heart of everything we do. We are actively encouraged to get involved in local projects wherever possible and upon hearing about the Rotary Scarecrow Competition we thought that it would be a great opportunity to do exactly that, helping to promote the image of Chapel Lane and Wilmslow as a whole whilst supporting the efforts of Rotary Wilmslow Dean to raise much needed funds for local worthy causes.

"We think the competition is a really great idea and have loved seeing some of the other highly inventive entries around town. They certainly attract a lot of attention. We never thought for one moment we'd win, but we're absolutely thrilled that we have".

Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine said, "We had sixty six scarecrow entries this year and as always the creativity is amazing. Competition is fierce and we always seek public opinion to place the first four. Naturally, Rotary Wilmslow Dean is grateful for the financial support generated from the Scarecrow Festival and encourages all businesses to show their support by joining in next year. Increased footfall and publicity is good for your Town and your business".

Second place went to Wheeldon's Opticians with Incredible Edible being awarded third prize and Specsavers were fourth.

Click here to view our scarecrow gallery for this year's festival.

Photo (l-r) Emily Broadhead of Co-operative Funeralcare, with Scarecrow 'Mr Crow-Op' and Lesley Wilson.

Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival