Elvis has left the village

PUBLISHED: 08:16 06 May 2009 | UPDATED: 23:28 15 June 2010

A 'JUST for fun' scarecrow competition in Awliscombe and Weston fell victim to thieves at the weekend.

A 'JUST for fun' scarecrow competition in Awliscombe and Weston fell victim to thieves at the weekend.A scarecrow depicting Elvis was stolen on Friday and, on Saturday night, villagers managed to take a photograph as a coach party of revellers from the Weymouth area drove off with two more effigies, of a builder and a window cleaner.As the coach company was being contacted in a bid to trace the missing scarecrows, a make-shift crime scene was erected next to the spot where the builder was stolen from - much to the amusement of passers-by.A notice was erected to explain the window cleaner had gone on a coach to Weymouth.Organisers said the thefts had not marred the event. Instead, they had brought out people's sense of humour.Councillor Vernon Whitlock, a former mayor of Honiton, was thoroughly impressed with villagers' efforts. He said a scarecrow dressed as a policeman with a speed gun looked real.Overall winner was Tanya Summers for her scarecrow of Amy Winehouse.Tanya also took first prize in the under-18s class for a celebrity scarecrow.


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