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Wray Scarecrows: Scarecrows photographed during Wray Scarecrow Festival week 2006.

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Wray Scarecrow Festival 2006 Scarecrows photographed during Wray Scarecrow Festival week 2006. wray-scarecrows-3821.jpg

A number of beautiful old buildings survive in Wray that were built in the 17th and 18th centuries, these can be identified by the datestones set into their frontages. Wray is a small settlement, which in the 19th century was a centre of hat, nail and bobbin production. Today it is an attractive village with an interesting tradition - the Wray Scarecrow festival.

This highly successful festival takes place over a week, culminating in a Village Fair on May Bank holiday. A large number of elaborate and often topical scarecrows are made by the local community and prizes are awarded to the best ones. Some locals often create their annual scarecrows in great secrecy, and only display these for pubic view at the last minute as the competition is taken very seriously. In 2006 the theme for the Scarecrows was the 2006 Soccer World Cup. 2007 was films & movies, 2008 was Historical events & characters - 2009 is the turn of Favourite kids TV shows over the years....

The Village boasts a Post Office and General Store, 2 Pubs, The George and Dragon on Main Street and the Inn at Wray on Hornby Road, a new Cafe at Bridge House Farm, which becomes the 'Bistro' on an evening, Greenfoot Garden Centre and of course the beautiful scenery and walks which surround the Village.

Image added: 15/4/09 All photos Copyright © Tony Quinn.

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