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Scarecrows draw crowds at annual festival

Worzle Gummidge would be proud at the creations on display at the 21st Harpole Scarecrow Festival.

People have flocked to the village of Harpole in Northamptonshire to admire this year’s entries to its annual scarecrow competition.

Far from looking like they had been dragged through a hedge backwards, residents had gone futuristic, Disney and even Hollywood for creations that were anything but scruffy.

One entry channelled Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman for their scarecrow, complete with top hat and cane.

Elsewhere, an enormous Winnie the Pooh made of hay bales got the thumbs up from one young visitor.

A Winnie the Pooh scarecrow charms visitors to the annual Harpole Scarecrow Festival (Aaron Chown/PA)

Captain Jack Sparrow looks like he has had a bit too much rum as he rows to the Black Pearl in a paddling pool.

Not sure if it passes as a scarecrow, but this huge Star Wars AT-AT would certainly scare the birds away.

Meanwhile, this mechanic scarecrow is keeping busy under the bonnet of a Mini – although straw and petrol could be a dangerous combination.

A mechanic scarecrow fixing an engine (Aaron Chown/PA)

This lady scarecrow is sticking to her agricultural roots dressed as a member of the Women’s Land Army from the Second World War.

A women’s land army scarecrow on display at Harpole (Aaron Chown/PA)

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