Residents of Lazonby and the surrounding area have been out admiring the fantastic display of scarecrows created by people taking part in a competition organised by villager Josie Foster — a real community live wire since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.
@8pt Body:The competition attracted a marvellous 50 entries spread across Lazonby, Kirkoswald, Great Salkeld and Renwick, with Josie producing a map showing where they were located and asking people to buy maps so they could look them over and vote for their favourite three.
Additionally, Lazonby swimming committee members have been selecting their own top three scarecrows, and prizes will be awarded to both sets of winners.
Josie said she hopes the effort will bring in around £500, which will go towards an appeal by the pool committee for £10,000 to pay for the installation of a new chlorination system.
Together with the proceeds of a raffle Josie ran earlier this year, this will bring to around £5,000 the sum she has so far raised for the appeal.
Speaking on Tuesday, Josie said: “It’s been really good — the village was busy at the weekend with people looking at the scarecrows, including visitors from Dumfries and Clitheroe who were staying in the area. I sold 170 maps, and people are still buying them.”
She added that she hopes to run an expanded version of the competition next year.