ANIMALS of all shapes and sizes can be found lurking in the bushes around Delph over the next few weeks…
But do not worry, they do not need to be sent to the nearest zoo – it’s just the return of the village’s creative annual Scarecrow Trail.
This year the much-loved event has a theme of animal characters from drama, music and literature and there will be around 20 scarecrows to look out for.
They will be on display from May 20 (Whit Friday) to June 5, taking in half-term, and will be mainly found in the village centre with some near the crossroads and others down Pingle Lane. A circular trail will offer those taking part a pleasant walk.
Trail guides with clues (costing £2) are available from Delph Post Office, Library and other local outlets.
The trail is organised by the Delph Community Association and all money raised goes towards community projects, including the maintenance of Chapel Gardens.
Prizes for those who identify the most scarecrows have been kindly donated by the Old Bell Inn, the Millgate Arts Centre, Shear Perfection hairdressers, and Bay Leaf Indian restaurant.
Last year, the people’s favourite scarecrow was Bette Lynch from Coronation Street, at the Old Bell Inn, with the pub receiving the award for a third year in a row.