A FLINTSHIRE village held its inaugural scarecrow festival at the weekend to raise lockdown spirits.

On Saturday judging took place for the very first Treuddyn Scarecrow Festival.

There were 62 entries and it took the judges three hours to walk round the village and view them all, and there were another five in outlying areas which were viewed earlier.

Treuddyn county councillor Carolyn Thomas said: “The scarecrows varied immensely from traditional, some made with great craftsmanship, some were just fun and very inventive, and some were part of a theme.

"They were all wonderful and have brought such joy and interest within the community.”

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The festival was organised by local resident Carol Metcalf to benefit the community during this difficult time.

The judges were hard pressed to pick winners, but eventually came to a decision based on level of variety, inventiveness, tradition and theme.

In first place was Eddie the re-Bell-ion - made by ‘Eddie, the bell ringer’ - who rings the bells at Treuddyn Church.

The design included a bike which was mechanised so the pedals were gong round with the scarecrow sitting on it.

Second was Lockdown Daisy made by the Morgan family, which shows a horse and rider jumping over the hedge.

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Next best was Pat the scarecrow, Fred the Mole Catcher, a scarecrow with a wheelbarrow, and one in rainbow colours in tribute to the NHS and key workers.

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Cllr Thomas added: "It is hoped that the scarecrows will remain in place for a while longer and the route round them all is pinned to the village noticeboard."

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