By Joe Ellison
AN EYE-CATCHING ‘Mamma Mia’ scarecrow at The Old Bell at Delph hit all the right notes during this year’s popular trail.
Participants voted the inn’s scarecrow, made by general manager Sue Doherty, as their favourite for yet another year after scouting out about 20 across the village.
The prize for second favourite scarecrow went to Jose Whitehead for her ‘Wizard of Oz’ creation.
The Artistic and Creative Merit award was presented to Jill Davis and members of the Methodist Church for their scarecrow display called ‘Top Hat’.
There were also several prizes for those who identified the most scarecrows, with the winner Julie Bradbury receiving a voucher for a meal at The Old Bell Inn.
Other prizes were kindly donated by Delph businesses including The Millgate Arts Centre, King Street Hair and Beauty, The Bay Leaf, and a selection of children’s books.
The annual Scarecrow trail is organised by the Delph Community Association and this year the theme was musicals from the world of stage and screen.
Around £600 was raised through the sale of trail guides, and proceeds go to community projects in the village such as the maintenance and improvement of the Chapel Gardens.
Last year, the people’s favourite scarecrow was ‘The Owl and the Pussycat’, also designed by The Old Bell Inn.