The colourful, noisy and traffic stopping Scarecrow Parade took to the streets of Wilmslow on Saturday, 1st July, to celebrate the 2017 Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival.
Tatton MP Esther McVey and Martin Watkins, Chairman of Wilmslow Town Council were there to see the parade set off from Wilmslow Library at 11am.
Led by the Town Crier, Reg Lord, the award winning Co-operative Brass Band, Rotary Robin and Rosie, two 4m high scarecrows were joined by dozens of local children who carried one of the small scarecrows which have been sponsored by local shops and businesses.
The parade, which was organised by members of Wilmslow Dean Rotary Club, then returned for a second march through the town at 2pm.
Frank McCarthy, Chairman of the Rotary Club of Wilmslow Dean, commented "This was certainly the best parade we've ever seen and we're grateful to all the shops and offices who had entranced the town with their fine scarecrows."
Rotarian Cllr Ian Ferguson who conceived and organised the mini scarecrow competition said "The presence of so many happy youngsters and their families walking in the parade waving their own scarecrows brought the event to a completely new level. We are hoping to see all the children with their scarecrows at the Wilmslow Show next Sunday where they will be parading in the arena."
The Wilmslow Scarecrow Festival runs until Saturday, July 8th, then a selection of scarecrows will be on display in the rotary tent at the Wilmslow Show.
Rotarian Geoff Shelmerdine, one of the events organisers, added "More than 50 life size scarecrows abound across the town and with £100 on offer as first prize for the best Business Scarecrow, competition is high for the top award which will be announced at The Wilmslow Show on July 9th where a selection of the scarecrows will be on display in the Rotary Club tent for all to see."
All profits from the Scarecrow Festival will be donated to local charities.