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Hay bale superheroes pay tribute to NHS workers during pandemic

Masked marvels Spider-Man, Batman, Superwoman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America are attracting visitors to a Co Tyrone field.

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A group of hay bale masked superheroes have formed an unusual tribute to front line workers during the coronavirus pandemic in Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA).

A group of hay bale masked superheroes have formed an unusual tribute to front line workers during the coronavirus pandemic in Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA).

A group of hay bale masked superheroes have formed an unusual tribute to front line workers during the coronavirus pandemic in Northern Ireland (Liam McBurney/PA).

A group of hay bale superheroes have formed an unusual tribute to frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic in Northern Ireland.

Masked marvels Spider-Man, Batman, Superwoman, Iron Man, Wonder Woman and Captain America are attracting visitors to a Co Tyrone field.

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Fiona McCafferty with daughter Chloe, and friend Carmel Nicholl with sons Kal-el and Rhys Garritty (Liam McBurney/PA)

Fiona McCafferty with daughter Chloe, and friend Carmel Nicholl with sons Kal-el and Rhys Garritty (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Fiona McCafferty with daughter Chloe, and friend Carmel Nicholl with sons Kal-el and Rhys Garritty (Liam McBurney/PA)

They were created by the Two Castles Community Association near Newtownstewart.

Landowner John Gallagher said: “Every year we do a display for charity and it is always made out of the straw bales.

“In previous years we have done superheroes, teddy bear picnics and so on.

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John Gallagher (Liam McBurney/PA)

John Gallagher (Liam McBurney/PA)

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John Gallagher (Liam McBurney/PA)

“There have been a lot of superheroes who stood up through lockdown.

“Everyday people – frontline workers, nurses, doctors, people in shops – to a large extent have put themselves at risk.

“We just consider them to be heroes so we have taken that theme on with this year’s display.”

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Lily-Anne Hedges, 11, has her picture taken with Spider-Man (Liam McBurney/PA)

Lily-Anne Hedges, 11, has her picture taken with Spider-Man (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Lily-Anne Hedges, 11, has her picture taken with Spider-Man (Liam McBurney/PA)

The attraction at the side of a busy road raises money for charity and promotes a community festival.

The superheroes are designed to be representative of every person’s weapons to fight coronavirus using social distancing, washing hands and wearing a face covering.

The 12ft hay figures, designed by Shauneen Kilpatrick, were constructed in a field off the Newtownstewart bypass.

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Elayne McNicholl takes a picture of daughter Deirbhile and grandson Charlie next to Batman (Liam McBurney/PA)

Elayne McNicholl takes a picture of daughter Deirbhile and grandson Charlie next to Batman (Liam McBurney/PA)

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Elayne McNicholl takes a picture of daughter Deirbhile and grandson Charlie next to Batman (Liam McBurney/PA)

Kal-el Garritty, eight, said: “Spider-Man is amazing. Everything is amazing.”

His mother Carmel Nicholl said: “Even superheroes have to be safe.”

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