It was a soggy first day for the Meltham Scarecrow Festival but organisers were nothing if not adaptable.

Heavy rain on Saturday failed to put a dampener on the fun and organisers Meltham Memories hope Sunday’s weather will be kinder.

There have been 43 scarecrow entries this year, up from 34 the last time the festival was held in 2019.

The judges have had their say but now there’s an all-important People’s Vote where visitors can vote for their favourites.

There are more prizes than ever – vouchers for local shops and businesses – and the aim is to give the high street a boost.

Clr Richard Noon said: “We have had a record entry this year and the aim is to welcome people back into Meltham. We hope families will come out on Sunday and support local shops and businesses. It is all about re-connecting the community.”

On Sunday there will be a pop-up hosted by the Tin Box Pizza Co and stalls on Holmfirth Road, outside The Pink Elephant between 11am and 5pm. Local cafes and pubs will be open as usual.

Go along and see all 43 and then vote for your favourite HERE. The vote closes at 4pm on Sunday.

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