Hannah’s scarecrow fun at Dane Bank

A HASTILY organised Dane Bank Scarecrow Festival provided fun during lockdown.

Forty-five entries were received which was far beyond what was expected by Hannah Thornton when she launched the initiative.

Hannah, a project manager for the National Health Service, explained: “I was Googling things to do during lockdown and hit upon the idea of a scarecrow festival which I had seen before in other villages.

“I thought I would love to do in Dane Bank and started a Facebook page and created posters. And it built up momentum from there.”

Hannah, who lives on Windsor Road, got the festival underway with Homer and Marge Simpson worse for wear after a boozy night. It was captioned ‘Every hour in a happy hour during lockdown’.

Hannah with Homer and Marge Simpson

She had no idea what the response would be, but it was not long before entries came flooding in, including ET from Lily-Mai and Emison Dale, aged 10 and six, from Anson Road.

There was also an impression camping scene from the 1st Dane Bank Scout Group.

The winning entry, as voted for online, was ET and they will receive an afternoon tea from Moore’s Vintage Tea Room.

Runner-up was a jockey with the entrant getting a bottle of champagne for Glitter It and this was Burglar Bill who gets sparkly treats from Glitter It.

Hannah was delighted with the response explaining the festival has helped bring the community together.

Entrants were asked for a donation and it also helped a worthy cause as it raised £150 for Denton West End Community Library which has been struggling for funds.

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