Wray’s straw-tastic scarecrow festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival.  Pictured is Angela Johnson, aged 4.
Wray Scarecrow Festival. Pictured is Angela Johnson, aged 4.

Stone the crows! Straw-stuffed spacemen, space dogs and a giant wookie weren’t enough to scare Wray villagers away.

In fact it was quite the opposite as visitors were treated to weird and wonderful displays at the village’s annual scarecrow festival.

Wray Scarecrow Festival.  Andy Newport with sons Harry, 3 and Max, 5 with their scarecrow.

Wray Scarecrow Festival. Andy Newport with sons Harry, 3 and Max, 5 with their scarecrow.

Loveable Star Wars character, Chewbacca the wookie, was a firm favourite among festival-goers as one villager decorated their front garden in true sci-fi style with a ‘Wray the force be with you’ display. Showing off their love of Disney and the film ‘Up’ were Andy Newport and his sons, Max, five and Harry, three, who stood proudly with their scarecrow. Equipped with his famous black glasses and tennis ball-style walking frame, Up’s main character 78-year-old Carl Fredricksen was chosen by the Newports, illustrating adventure is out there in Wray.

Meanwhile, villagers were on topic with a space dog poised for galaxy action.

The straw canine armed with an oxygen tank and a safety helmet had similarities to Sam the Dog, who became an internet sensation earlier this month when he was fired into space by a Morecambe school.

One spaceman appeared to have dozed off when four-year-old Angela Johnson tried to get a response.

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Politics became too much of an issue for two scarecrows who were divided over the European Union (EU) debate.

Their display ‘A straw poll – should scarecrows stay in the EU?’ provided a satirical tone to what is one of this year’s most important referendums.

One villager used their hay to pay tribute to the late pop icon David Bowie – who passed away on January 10 – styled with his classic lightning bolt and trusted microphone.

The Wray Scarecrow Festival continues until Monday May 2 with lots of activities and many more quirky designs.

Wray Scarecrow Festival.  Callum, 4 and Erin Dickinson, 2.

Wray Scarecrow Festival. Callum, 4 and Erin Dickinson, 2.

More pictures online.

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival

Wray Scarecrow Festival