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Methley Scarecrow Festival - Only Fools and Horses
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WINSTON Churchill and the Queen brushed shoulders with Del Boy and Sir Jimmy Savile when Methley was taken over by straw men for its annual scarecrow festival.

Around 80 scarecrows, on a theme of ‘Best of British’ took over the village for the jubilee weekend in the sixth annual Methley Scarecrow Festival.

Methley Scarecrow Festival - beefeater

Methley Scarecrow Festival - beefeater

June Panton, of Methley in Bloom, which organises the festival, said: “They are amazing, villagers came up with all sorts, they get better every year.

“Some had sound effects, you could hear Rule Britannia in the church, and Churchill’s speeches were playing outside in the village.

“There were loads of soldiers, the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the community centre, beefeaters, Winston Churchill, Dr Who in his telephone box, a Spitfire and quite a few Britannias.”

St George and the Dragon and Only Fools and Horses were declared joint winners of the festival, with an X Factor display taking third place.

Methley Scarecrow Festival - Queen and Prince Philip.

Methley Scarecrow Festival - Queen and Prince Philip.

It raised £2,500 for Methley in Bloom, which supplies hanging baskets and planters for the village each year.

The festival also included a jubilee party at Methley Community Centre for elderly residents in sheltered housing.