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Community / Locals and visitors alike enjoy Walls scarecrow competition

The winning entry by Evie, Immy and Halle Georgeson.

THERE have been a number of spooky sights in Shetland’s westside recently – all thanks to a community scarecrow competition in the lead up to Halloween.

Taking the silver medal was ‘Rocket Man’ by Hilary and Kevin Smith.

The competition, hosted by the Walls Public Hall committee and now in its second year, saw a number of people try their hand at creating eye-catching scarecrows.

The overall winner was a menacing looking scarecrow created by sisters Evie, Immy and Halle Georgeson.

Nine year old Evie said: “We wanted to make our scarecrow tall and make him be hidden when it was dark so we used all black.

“His face is the bit that stands out because it’s bright and scary looking. His cape was made from our old trampoline net and the wood we had lying around the house.

“We used an old jumper too. Me and my sisters thought it would look scary to be really tall above the hill so you could see it from far away. I had lots of fun making it because I love making stuff with my Dad and I got to use lots of his tools.

“My little sisters helped too. I have seen people stop at the bottom of our road to have a look at our scarecrow. I hope he can stay up all the time.”

In third place was ‘Resurrection at the Quam’ by Iris, Innes and William.

In second place was an Elton John themed entry from Hilary and Kevin Smith.

Taking the bronze medal meanwhile was Iris, Innes and William’s “resurrection” themed effort.

The top three winners received gift vouchers from the Walls Shop as well as a certificate.

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The hall’s Fiona Sinclair said: “This year we had fewer entries, but it was still a success. Instead of having a judge this year, we asked folk to vote on the hall’s Facebook ‘event’ page.

“Positive reactions counted as votes, and the three entries that had the most votes at closing time, won.

“Locals enjoy going around the village looking at the entries and the event brings folk in to the village too which is great.”

Meanwhile as previously reported a ‘halloween house’ in the South Mainland helped to raise hundreds of pounds for local charity Ability Shetland.

More than £600 was raised in total thanks to a donations tin at the house’s outdoors display and a raffle at the local shop.

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