Scarecrows of the Queen popping up in Herefordshire village as locals compete for best Jubilee display | UK News
A village has come up with a novel way to celebrate Queen’s Platinum Day – creating 104 royal-themed scarecrows.
Wellington’s Herefordshire village has been taken over life-size QueensPrince Philips, and even the royal guards for their garden.
This year’s annual village fun week will celebrate the Queen Platinum Jubilee with puzzles, picnics, fireworks and bingo – but the scarecrow is sure to be the star of the show.
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“This year’s theme is kings, queens, princes, princesses or anything with a royal connection,” said Phil Smith, 68, co-organizer.
“For example, the chapel in the village displayed William, the Queen, Philip and all the royal children as a display.
“We might have a dozen Queens scattered around…and a few Purple Rain Princes.”
An independent judge from outside the village will evaluate the figures on Saturday night and announce the winner at a local picnic.
Other creations include Princess Fiona from the movie Shrek, who served Queen Freddie Mercury and Princess Leia in Star Wars.
Wellington Village Fun Week has been going on since 1972 and had its first puppet competition in 2006.
“Some of them are really impressive,” Mr. Smith said.
“My personal is the Queen with a parachute and she parachuted into my garden, she was stuffed with straw.
“Some people are so artistic and so imaginative. People seem to have captured it really well.”
Mr Smith said it took him about four days to complete his Queen puppet, but stressed that the contest was for “entry” for the villagers.
“(The prize) could be a couple of bottles of wine and a box of chocolates – the prize doesn’t matter, although it is competitive,” he said.
“It’s prestige, but it’s done lightly – it’s more of a joke than anything.
“Everybody deserves to let their hair down a bit. Two years of lip lock didn’t benefit anyone but we’re taking the opportunity to give something back and everyone has responded brilliantly.”
Mr Smith added that 70 years on the Queen’s throne was what he “admired” about her.
“I think everyone admires the Queen, the fact that she gave her life for the country and the fact that she really stuck to her word for 70 years, I think people Everyone admires that and I think that’s what’s on my mind.”