Having a field day at the scarecrow festival

Sunday’s grand parade at this year’s Bothwell Scarecrows Festival was a wet and windswept - but fun - open air finale to a packed week of activities.

A superb concert in Bothwell Parish Church later on Sunday brought the curtain down on the third, and possibly best, annual celebration of the famous casually-dressed, carrot-nosed straw men.

On parade

On parade

This year’s ambitious programme featured everything from a guest appearance by veteran Scots actor John Cairney to a rousing display by “pantomime” dancing Chinese lions.

The festival also ran in tandem with a special exhibition of transport vehicles, including vintage cars from the 1930s as well as classic automobiles from the 60s.

It’s doubtful whether the organisers guessed what a success the event would become when they launched the first Scarecrow Festival in 2011, because - even despite the foul weather on the last day - this year’s extravaganza was a showstopper, drawing people from well beyond the local area.

Unsurprisingly the stars of the show were the scarecrows, with the whole community seemingly pitching in to help with window or garden displays, and creative workshops.