Kate causes right royal stir in Nettleton
Visitors to Nettleton may spot a royal or two around the village this week.
Their third annual scarecrow competition features Kate Middleton with arms stretched towards a flying stork, carrying baby George in a Royal Mail sack inscribed with ‘Heir Mail’.
Event planner Amelia Roberts, who lives in the village, created the entry with her dad Martyn Roberts. Ms Roberts, 29, said: “We entered last year as well but didn’t win. The competition is tough. This one has been attracting rather a lot of attention; so many people are stopping their cars to take a photo and cycling out to have a look.
“My dad wanted to do something royal and I thought this would be topical.”
Mr Roberts, 69, said: “We just made it over a few days whenever we had an hour to spare. It took about 10 to 12 hours.”
The Kate and George is among 17 entries dotted around the village near Castle Combe.
Gay Beare, one of the competition organisers, said: “It is free to enter and there is no special theme. We are such a scattered village, we like to do things occasionally to get people together. We don’t have a pub in the village, it’s been gone 15 years.
“It is low-key, there is a prize of a box of chocolates or biscuits. There are some fabulous entries. Just outside the village where there have been some waterworks for quite some time, there are some workmen with their lunchboxes.”
But she said she did not have a favourite.
Also among the entries are Life of Pi, The Ashes, some vegetable sellers, a Smurf and a clown.
Anyone passing through the village on Sunday can vote for their favourite scarecrow.
The winner will be announced at a tea party for residents, with children’s games, at Nettleton House between 2.30pm and 5.30pm.
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