LOCALS in lockdown showcased some wonderful scarecrow creations as part of a contest.

From a nurse on holiday to The Gruffalo, to a bride and groom and a dentist, residents went all out for the Denbigh Carnival Scarecrow Competition.

The contest, a first for Denbigh Carnival Committee, attracted more than 55 entries.

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Gruffalo scarecrow

The bride and groom won first place. Second place went to the BFG; third to The Gruffalo and joint fourth went to the Home Guard and Worzel Gummidge.

Ann Smith, a carnival volunteer for four years, said: “The carnival committee were delighted, if not a little overwhelmed, by the amount of entrants into competition.

“There were so many fabulous scarecrows to see.

“With the weather expected to get wet [and those not able to get out], we asked each entrant to post a picture of their Scarecrow to the Carnival Facebook page.”

Members of the public were informed of the Scarecrow competition on the Carnival Facebook site and local Denbigh town pages online.

Ann said individual households and streets quickly showed an interest.

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Nurse on holiday scarecrow

“Lon Nant, a small cul de sac of houses, did Key Worker street. Their Scarecrows included a dentist, nurse, school room, teacher and police scene," she said.

“Bryn Stanley and Maes y Goron also had more than one Scarecrow on the street and they put up bunting as well.

“We also accepted entries from local villages with Henllan, Nantglyn and Prion putting in entries.”

Three judges, including the mayor of Denbigh, an officer from Grŵp Cynefin and a child, visited the scarecrows.

“Not only was the variety amazing, but the standard was exceptionally high,” added Mrs Smith.

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This scarecrow dentist even had a client

“Some looked like they just stepped off a film set.Families must have spent hours and hours making their creations.

“Many people followed the theme of NHS / key worker and superhero but we did not have a direct theme for people to use.

“As this was our first competition we thought we would see how popular it would be.

“They took so many forms - tall, fat, thin, costumed, funny, thought provoking, sitting, standing, dancing and canoeing.

“There were a lot of story book animals and characters and even a milking cow.

“The comments received have been very heart-warming and people have had a great sense of pride in sharing their works of art." Ann added.

The committee hope to make the scarecrow contest an annual event.