Stone the crows! Scarecrow Festival raises thousands for Seil hall

Caroline Morgan with the 'pick a panto square' game at Seil's Tattie Bogle fair on Saturday.

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Seil’s first scarecrow festival has gone on the map as one of the UK’s biggest with 128 cropping up all over the island.

Organisers hailed the week-long event a big success with thousands of pounds raised in aid of community hall development plans.

Ron Hetherington who came up with the idea said: ‘It’s far exceeded our expectations. There were lots of people who got together to make it such a success for the island and that includes all the visitors. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone.

It was farmer Seumas Anderson and his wife Avril whose Revenge of the Crows scarecrow, crushed under a black bail, scooped the inaugural best scarecrow trophy as voted by the public. ‘It obviously appealed to peoples’ dark side,’ said Seumas.

The pop-up care in the community hall did a roaring trade all week, the yoga session made £115 to add to the event’s funds and the pot was added to by other activities  including a musical theatre workshop, a community thanks giving service, a pot luck supper, pub quiz at The Oyster and inter-pub football competition. The heritage and wildflower tours also attracted visitors.

The sun came out for Saturday’s Tattie Bogle Fair with buskers in Ellenabeich square, Seafari boat trips round Easdale, lots of fun and games, stalls, childrens’ races and tug of war contests on the hall field.

The Tigh an Truish team won the pub tug of war, the girls won the children’s version of the challenge against the boys and there was an impromtu all-women contest too.

Wendy Dugdale from Balvicar Stores presented the pub winners with their medals and the men gallantly handed over their prize beers to the winning women.

Seil’s Graham Scott was the proud owner of best dog in show, a border terrier called Kelso.