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Plea for help with Baildon scarecrow event
9:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
Volunteers of Baildon’s annual Wacky Scarecrow Walk have appealed for more of the town’s businesses to support the event to ensure its success, as entries are down on previous years.
This year’s walk takes place on Saturday, September 14, and will see shops, schools and popular sights in the village decorated with colourful scarecrows, this year dressed up to look like celebrities.
It will also be the first since the death of the event’s founder, Ron Bairstow, in January.
He started the walk in 2008, and his enthusiasm helped turn it into one of the biggest events in the village calendar in just a few years.
His son, Bill, said: “He’ll be hoping that the scarecrow event is his legacy for Baildon.”
Although a number of businesses have already signed up to display scarecrows in their windows, the uptake in people signing up for it is so far not living up to the high levels of support from previous years.
A statement from Baildon in Bloom, which organises the event, said: “We need more local shops and businesses to agree to make a scarecrow in order for this year’s walk to be a success.
“The number of entrants is currently down on last year, so we hope this appeal will remind Baildon shops what a busy and successful event the Scarecrow Walk is.
“This year’s theme is Famous People and it’s hoped much of Baildon will enjoy the walk around the village.”
Councillor Roger L’Amie (Con, Baildon) said: “It has certainly been a major feature in village life in the past few years, and I hope people will support it again this year.
“Baildon in Bloom have done a lot of work over the years to make it a success, so it would be nice to see it go from strength to strength. It is becoming a key event in the village calendar.
“Ron was such a nice chap, and was well respected. ”
Shops and groups who wish to enter should hand in their entry forms to Bagpuss, 35 Westgate, Baildon, BD17 5EH.
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