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Thousands flock to village for annual scarecrow festival

PUBLISHED: 18:58 07 May 2018 | UPDATED: 18:58 07 May 2018

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2018. Photo: Liz Carpenter.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2018. Photo: Liz Carpenter.

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A usually quiet Norfolk village came to a standstill over the Bank Holiday as thousands travelled to enjoy an annual scarecrow festival and soak up the sunshine.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2018. Photo: Liz Carpenter.Martham Scarecrow Festival 2018. Photo: Liz Carpenter.

Martham Scarecrow Festival took place from Sunday, May 6, to Monday May 7.

Organiser Liz Carpenter said: “It has gone so well, as you can imagine with the weather the way it has been.

“We had masses of people come through the village – yesterday (Sunday) it came to a standstill.”

She added: “There were about 6,000 people in and around the village at any one time.

Martham Scarecrow Festival 2018. Photo: Liz Carpenter.Martham Scarecrow Festival 2018. Photo: Liz Carpenter.

More than 100 scarecrows were placed around the village for visitors to enjoy and the money raised is used to support the village and community.

This is the eleventh year Mrs Carpenter has organised the festival with husband Peter and Julie and Steve Beales – and it is set to be their last.

She added: “We’re certainly going out with a bang – we couldn’t have asked for a better weekend.”

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