THE organisers of Anderby’s annual Scarecrow Festival have spoken of their disgust after an expensive new promotional banner was vandalised in the village within 12 hours of it going up.
This year’s popular festival will take place later this month and, in a bid to raise awareness of the festivities, the organisers had only recently forked out on a cheerful new banner.
It was erected in the village at around 9pm last Thursday (June 30).
But by 8am the following day a vandal had already struck - leaving an ugly gash in the middle of the sign.
Scarecrow Festival Committee member Bev Elliot has slammed the vandal for trying to ruin one the highlights of the village’s events calendar.
“Who’s trying to sabotage our scarecrow festival,” she said. “We really wanted to make a big impact as the festival raises much needed funds for our village hall and everyone works so hard, giving up their time freely to make it a success.
“It’s our biggest fundraiser of the year and being a small village it’s very important to us.
“So you can imagine how we felt after investing what, for us, is quite a chunk of money on a new, cheerful banner.
“We have never had any trouble in this area whatsoever but suddenly someone seems determined to ruin what promises to be a fantastic event.
“We won’t be beaten! Whoever you are, whatever your motives, you will not deter us, you will not spoil our Scarecrow Festival.
“It only makes us more determined. To the people reading this newspaper - help us make this our best year yet and show that mindless vandalism does not pay!”
This year’s festival will take place on July 23 and 24 and organisers are hopeful of a fantastic weekend, despite the recent setback.
“It brings us together as a community, young and old, making scarecrows and putting on the best display we can so that visitors over the weekend are guaranteed to have a good time,” continued Bev.
“Children can join in the fun by following a scarecrow trail (there’s a big jar of sweets to win at the end of it!).
“We have stalls, games, refreshments etc in the Village Hall and therefore it’s essential we draw in the crowds.”