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Wray, Lancashire, the 'Scarecrow Village'
The village of Wray lies in the rural heart of north Lancashire alongside the banks of the little River Roeburn with a population of less than 500.

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.

The Village boasts a Post Office and General Store, 2 Pubs, The George and Dragon on Main Street and the New Inn on Hornby Road, a new Cafe at Bridge House Farm, and of course the beautiful scenery and walks which surround the Village.

Photographs - you can view photos of the Scarecrows 2006 , Giants Parade and Runners online.

Wray Village Tour - click on any of the thumbnail images below to start your tour of the Village, or select a location from the Map of Wray.

Thousands of visitors fill the streets of the village throughout the week to view the scarecrows, and then visit the May Day Wray Fair.

The Wray Flood of August 8th 1967
A flash flood of incredible speed and ferocity in the river Roeburn left a trail of destruction that resulted in the loss of houses, bridges, livestock, vehicles, and personal possessions. Remarkably, despite the scale of the devastation caused by the flood, no serious injury was done to any of the the people of the village.

The local significance of the Flood of 1967 is illustrated in the Millennium Mosaic, completed in September 2000, which represents the wind and storm spewing out a great tide of water. The Mosaic is sited in the 'Flood Garden' on Main Street, the site of some of the houses demolished as a result of the flood.

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